March 10, 1924 ~ April 25, 2017

Born in: Weaverville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Eugene C. Blankenship, Sr., 93, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at his residence. Mr. Blankenship was born March 10, 1924 in Weaverville to the late Clyde and Margaret Blankenship. Gene founded Blankenship Electric Company and spent 24 years as owner until his retirement. He served three years in the US Army, WWII, campaigning in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe as a surgical technician and was honorably discharged. Gene is preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Blankenship; daughter, Kimberly Blankenship; son, Gene Blankenship, Jr. (Suzanne); granddaughter, Devin; grandson, Clay; great grandson, Brent, and several nephews and nieces. Gene was a member of Swannanoa First Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1st in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Dr. Jeff Dowdy officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 30th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road.

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  1. Ann, I am so sorry. Just know you and your family are in my prayers. I hope to see you Sunday. You know that you are not alone. May God’s comfort be with you in your time of sorrow.

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  2. Gene, Suzanne and family. I am so sorry for you loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Wanda and Jack

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  3. Ann & family, I just heard about Gene. I am so sorry for your loss. Gene was always good to me. I will always remember him.

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  4. Was Gene in any way related to Oscar and Carl Blankenship of Asheville and Fairview? They were born in the 1890s. Oscar was my grandfather and his wife was Margaret Whittemore of Barnardsville. My sincere sympathy in your loss.

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  5. So sorry for your loss Aunt Ann Gene Kim and Suzanne and children. Thinking about you and hoping you find comfort in this sad time.

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  6. Aunt Ann,I’m sorry for you to lose your husband . I know how much you miss him. I will hold Uncle Gene in my memory of his birthday with you and me and his brother Frank [my dad ] and mom Lee forever in mh heart. I love you

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  7. Aunt Ann, I am so sorry for your loss! Kim, I know how much your parents mean to you. I know you and Ann will be able to lean on each other to get through this! Daddy is mourning his brother, too. I will miss you Uncle Gene.

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