Blankenship, Elvis Andrew

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Elvis Andrew Blankenship, 84, of Blacksburg, passed away on October 10, 2014, at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Elvis was born in Lexington, Tenn., to John Homer and Estelle Grissom Blankenship on December 1,1929, and graduated from Lexington High School in 1948.

He served in the United States Army from 1949-1952, receiving two purple hearts for injuries received during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, Elvis married Sue Rogers on October 8, 1951, and the couple enjoyed a 63 year bond of love. He went on to earn an electronics certificate and worked as a Systems Engineer for IBM for 34 years, retiring in 1990. After retiring from IBM, Elvis returned to class to become certified in tax return preparation and enjoyed many years providing bookkeeping and tax returns services! He enjoyed gardening, reading and serving as a deacon and in other roles at church.

Elvis is survived by his wife, Sue Rogers Blankenship of Blacksburg; and two children, Richard Elvis Blankenship and wife, Karen of Tallahassee, Fla., and Michael Andrew Blankenship and wife, Suzanne of Blacksburg. Elvis is also survived by several brothers and sisters, Ilene Page, Rebecca Rhodes, Bobbie St. Claire-White, JW Blankenship, CF Blankenship and Johnny Blankenship; and by four grandchildren, Kyle Blankenship of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Kelsey Blankenship of Blacksburg, Brittany Blankenship of Washington, D.C., and Stephanie Blankenship of Miami, Fla. Elvis is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Arvil Blankenship.

A Memorial service will be held at Unity Baptist Church, Luray-Jacks Creek, Tenn., on October 26, 2014, at 3 p.m.