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Irene Blankenship

March 2, 1930 ~ May 15, 2021 (age 91)


Irene Blankenship was born on March 2, 1930 in Clear Fork, WV to her parents Herbert and Myrtle (Morgan) Brunty.  She went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Beckley, WV at the age of 91.

Irene is preceded in death by her loving husband of 74 years, Gene Tunie Blankenship; parents Herbert and Myrtle Brunty; son Wayne H. Blankenship; grandsons Christopher Blankenship and Samuel Blankenship; brothers Fred Brunty, Ray Brunty and Herbert Brunty Jr; and her sister Audrey Belcher.

Irene is survived by her daughters Loretta (Blankenship) McMillion, Kathy (Kenny) Ward and Jill Blankenship; son Carson (Joyce) Blankenship; grandchildren Kristie Wright, Jody Farley, Brandi Blankenship, Heather Gillian, Khara Meadows, Steve Blankenship, Billy Blankenship; great-grandchildren Mason Farley, Eli Lester, Reed Gillian, Jane Gillian, Raige Meadows, Axl Blankenship, Billy Gene Blankenship, Lacy Smith, Tiffany Malay, Carson L. Blankenship, Anna Blankenship, Autumn Rose Blankenship, Emerald Rain Blankenship and Jody Blankenship; sisters Millie Klopfer, Jean Myers and Virgie Snyder; and many extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Irene’s passions in her life were her children, grandchildren, and entire family.  There was nothing in this world that she wouldn’t do for her family.

I Never Got to Say Goodbye

by John F. Connor

                                                               Wish I could go back to the day                                                            

When angels came and took you away

I wanted to hold your hand so tight

Kiss you gently and say goodnight

And then just before you had to go

I would tell you how much I love you so

I don’t know how I don’t know why

I never got the chance to say goodbye…

Per Irene’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.  She will be laid to rest with her late husband Gene at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Words of comfort may be offered to the family by visiting

Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center have been entrusted with burial arrangements and are honored to serve the family.

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May 20, 2021

11:00 AM
Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley

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