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Alton Blankenship

Alton Thomas BlankenshipAlton Thomas Blankenship, age 87 of Fairmont City, Il., formerly of Mount Vernon, Tex., was born on Oct. 30, 1930, in Miller, Okla. He passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at his residence.

On Jan. 18, 1947, he married Frankie Earlene Taylor who ­preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his ­parents, Thomas and Ella Mae Blankenship; three siblings, Wayne Blankenship, Waymon Blankenship and Deloris ­Giacolini, and one great grandson, Landon Crosby.
He was a minister of the gospel for over 60 years, pastoring, evangelizing, and doing missions work both in the United States and in many other countries.
On June 18, 2005, he married Patsy Petty Blankenship who survives today.
He is survived by his children, Sherri (Benny) Ferguson of Clarksville, Tenn, Leslie (Susan) Blankenship of Mount Vernon, Tex., Rhonda (Milton) Pool of Humble, Tex., Phillip (Brenda) Blankenship of Mount Vernon, Tex., Beverly ­(Dennis) Stuart of Columbia, Mo., Perry (Debbie) Blankenship of Decatur, Tex., and ­Marley (Rocky) Steed of Winnsboro, Tex. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and one sister, Sue (Terry) Nelson of Sulphur Springs, Tex. He is survived by his stepchildren, Steve (Rebecca) Petty of Collinsville, Il., David (Michelle) Petty of Oak Grove, Ark, Linda (Mark) Anderson, of Maryville, Il., and Phillip (Shannon) Petty, Freeburg, Il. He is survived by 10 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Lake Chapel Church, CR 2220, Talco, TX 75487, six miles north of Mount Vernon on Highway 37. Visitation was at 10 a.m., Services were under the direction of Sam Harvey Funeral Home.