Evelyn Treadway Blankenship, 90, of the Whittier Community went home to be with the Lord Monday August 10, 2009 in a Jackson County Health Care Community. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Ida Wilson Treadway and wife of the late Rev. James Eli Blankenship, Sr who she was married to for 57 years. She was a member of the Patterson Chapel Baptist Church on Union Hill Rd. where she attended for over 60 years. She retired from Drexel Furniture Company. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Louise Blankenship Anthony Phillips, and Ida Elizabeth Blankenship; two sisters, Ruth Treadway, and Clara Treadway Davis; two brothers, Edward and Harmond Treadway. She is survived by children, Harold Blankenship and wife Eleanor of Dillsboro, James Eli Blankenship, Jr. and wife Fran of Waynesville, Jerry Blankenship and wife Pebbles of Whittier; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; four step grandchildren; 9 step great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home. Revs. Eddie Deitz and Sherrill Ammons will officiate with burial in Eli Blankenship Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be grandsons and step grandsons.
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