Ernie Blankenship Sr, 59, of Thorpe, West Virginia passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, April 15, 2022 at Beckley ARH hospital.Ernie was born February 5th, 1963 in Welch, West Virginia to Charlie Lee "Ed" Blankenship and Lucy Lois Blankenship. Ernie enjoyed spending time with others and never met a stranger. He had a genuine love for life and always encouraged those he cared about to live their lives . . .