86, Lusby, MD
Born: 03/08/1926, Died: 07/25/2012
Billy Blankenship, 86 of Lusby, MD, passed away on July 25, 2012 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He was born on March 8, 1926 in Sullivan, WV to Ollie Lunsford Blankenship and Walter B. Blankenship. He was the beloved husband of Norma J. Blankenship and she preceded him in death on April 26, 1995.
Billy joined the US Navy in 1946. He served honorably from March 8, 1946 to September 30, 1954. He received the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After returning home, Billy became a Painter. He was known all around the Chesapeake Bay for his work as an exceptional yacht painter and restorer. He originally did the restoration and painting on the Drum Point Lighthouse after it was moved from Drum Point to the Calvert Marine Museum. Billy enjoyed fishing, crabbing and playing horseshoes.
Billy is survived by his children, Bobbie and her husband Chad Martin of Owings, MD, Linda and her husband Vinson Scott of Solomons, MD, Phillip Blankenship of Solomons, MD, Bonnie and her husband Ivan Vazques of Lexington Park, MD and Laura and her husband David Jimney of Lusby, MD; sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters, five brothers and his great-grandson Hunter Dean Scott.
A Memorial Service Celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11 AM in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church (Old Church), 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, MD with his son-in-law Deacon Chad Martin officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hunter's Hero's, Inc., 317 Pinto Lane, Lusby, MD 20657. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD. For additional information or to leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com