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Ross Edward Blankenship

Ross Edward Blankenship, 44, made his way home to reunite with his father on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. His loving family was surrounding him as he made his way from Reid Hospital.

Born April 18, 1964 in Richmond, he was the precious son of Ralph Clayton and Bertha Cox Blankenship. He was a lifelong Richmond resident but his heart was in Kentucky. He married the former Linda Jean Sinks on November 15, 2002. He worked in maintenance at the Boys and Girls Club in Richmond and enjoyed traveling. He was of the Baptist faith.

Ross will be missed by his wife, Linda; son, Thomas Blankenship; mother Bertha Blankenship; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Bill Bailey; nieces, Amy Bailey Quante, Jennifer Bailey Russell and Erin Bailey; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Shirley and Marlin Sinks; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Jennifer Sinks; 2 uncles and aunts, Robert and Susie Cox and Billy Gene and Marilyn Cox as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends.

Ross was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Clayton Blankenship on October 9, 2006; maternal grandparents, Ross and Ivory Cox; paternal grandparents, Edward and Nora Blankenship.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 1 in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Carter County, Kentucky.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County, 1717 South L Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

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Dear Bertha and family,

My mother (Geraldine Griffin) and I would like to send our condolences and May God Bless.

Darlene and Geraldine

Darlene Nov 30 2008 12:00 AM

Bertha, Debbie & family,

Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. May he be remembered in the hearts of those who loved him.

Mari Green Nov 30 2008 12:00 AM

May the memories of your brother help ease the pain in you heart.
God Bless.

Judy Starritt Nov 29 2008 12:00 AM