Colton Blankenship Jr.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Colton Erwin Blankenship Jr., 74, died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 29, 1930, at Canalou, Mo., son of Colton Erwin and Cora Edna Helms Blankenship Sr. He and Betty Jean Sims were married July 29, 1956.

Blankenship was a self-employed farmer.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Underwood of Searcy, Ark., Rickey Blankenship of Matthews, Mo., Terry Blankenship of Parma, Mo.; three daughters, Billie Strope of Paragould, Ark., Sissie Wilkerson of Highlands, Texas, Wendy Blankenship of Sikeston; and numerous grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call at Ponder Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Garden of Memories Cemetery.