Alifair Blankenship, 81, of Gary WV, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 at McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation in Gary WV.
Born, July 28, 1938 in Bradshaw WV, she was the daughter of the late Milburn and Rhoda Payne Kennedy. She was a resident of McDowell County the greater part of her life. She is now in the arms of Jesus.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Blankenship, three brothers Gene, Hobart, and Terry Kennedy.
Survivors include, one son, Ralph Lee Blankenship of Gastonia, N.C., two daughters, Carol Sue Back of Orlando, FL, Marlena Back of Grundy, VA, five grandchildren, Terra Leann Eads, Ralph Lee Blankenship Jr, Katrina Back, Nick Owens, Jennifer Gough, three great grandchildren, Lilla Eads, Kayla Eads, and Madison Martin. four sisters, Ruth Kennedy of Bartley, WV, Anna Sparks of MI, Bethel Scarberry of Bartley, WV, Louise Sweeney of English, WV, two brothers, James Kennedy and Leon Kennedy both of Jolo, WV, In keeping with her wishes, the body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Blankenship family.