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Ernest Auston Blankenship, Jr.

June 9, 1940 January 10, 2019
Ernest Auston Blankenship, Jr.
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Obituary for Ernest Auston Blankenship, Jr.

Ernest Auston Blankenship, Jr. of Miami, OK passed from this life Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was 78.

Ernie was born June 9, 1940 in Manila, AR to Ernest A. and Ora Jamie (McElfresh) Blankenship, Sr. He had lived in Miami most of his life and graduated from Miami High School Class of 1958. He was a territorial sales manager for lawn and garden equipment with Rasor – West Distributing of Miami, OK. He was founder and guitarist for the Whipper Snappers County Gospel Band. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami, OK.

Ernie was preceded in death by a great grandson Braxton Jay Blankenship, his parents, siblings, Jerry Blankenship, Donald Ray Blankenship, Donna Faye Blankenship and Shelby Way.

Ernie married Carolyn (Phillips) Blankenship December 26, 1958 and she survives of the home. Additional survivors include 2 sons, Randall Auston Blankenship and wife Jeanette of Grand Prairie, TX and Mark Edward Blankenship of Miami, OK, sister, Joyce Bass of Picher, OK, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends in celebration of Ernie’s life on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

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2:00 PM 1/14/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 1/14/2019 4:00:00 PM
Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service (Miami)

1432 B Street N.W.
Miami, OK 74354

Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service (Miami)
1432 B Street N.W. Miami 74354 OK
United States

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