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Blankinship Market…

in Sheffield was more than a little special to my family. The passing of these family members marks a bygone era of fellowship. For you see, my grandmother would call in her order which would be delivered, unpacked, and put away. I distinctly remember the name Bill Blankinship. This helped my grandmother stay independent just a while longer. She did not drive, so the home delivery was a blessing for her. But more than that, I remember that even the young delivery boys would be so cheerful. Those were the times those of my age lived in; times are so different today. Any photos posted of Blankinship Market would be appreciated.

But the last of them passed just recently. Following is the obituary from the Times Daily newspaper:

W. James Blankinship

Remembering the Shoals

      W. James Blankinship, born Sep. 2, 1914, in Sheffield, died Jan. 7, 2011. James and Nell, his wife of 69 years, have been lifelong residents of the Shoals area. James and his brother, Bill, owned and operated Blankinship’s Market for many years. He proudly served our country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army.
James was a founding member of Eastside Church of Christ in Sheffield and served as an elder. After moving to Florence, he was a faithful member of Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ until his passing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Marvin A. and Sarah Blankinship, and siblings, Bill Blankinship, Maude Ingram and Dorothy McWilliams.
Survivors include his wife, Nell, and their daughters, Nelda Jean Smelser (Van), of Tuscaloosa, Anne Gingles (Chris), of Nashville, and Barbara Williams (Phil), of Florence. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will miss their loving “Papa.”
Visitation with family will be at 10 a.m Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Greenview Funeral Home, Florence. The memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. Kenny Barfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mars Hill Bible School or charities of choice.
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.

Published in Florence Times Daily on January 11, 2011
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