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01/04/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonnie Mitchell Blankenship

Bonnie Mitchell Howe Blankenship
(11 Nov 1947 - 03 Jan 2018)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news this snowy Thursday morning.
Bonnie Mitchell Blankenship, wife of Alvin Blankenship ('63) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at the age of 70.

From Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home - 01/04/18:   

                      Bonnie Mitchell Blankenship
    NEWPORT NEWS - Bonnie M. Blankenship, 70, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. She was born in Oakland, California.

With her husband, she has owned and operated Mill End Carpets for over 30 years.

Bonnie was preceded in rest by her son, Michael Howe, and parents, Jeff and Marie Mitchell.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Alvin Blankenship; children, Adam Blankenship and wife Carri of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, Todd Howe of Hampton, and Blake Blankenship of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and grandchildren, Zoe, Zac, Daniel, Erin, and Michael.

The family will receive friends 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park.


A celebration of Bonnie's life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 5, 2018.
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January 03, 2018

Todd, Alvin, Blake, Adam and the rest of the family...My heart is saddened by the loss of my beautiful and loving friend. I am thrilled, however, that she was able to spend Christmas with the whole family, and that she is no longer in pain. I loved this woman since I met her 40 years ago. My heart and prayers are with you all.

January 03, 2018  

To Bonnie's Family, in her memory: I am saddened by the loss of Bonnie, my friend whom I loved and admired. She was a gracious person who loved from her heart, touching many lives in a positive way on her life's road. The world was a better place because she was here with us. She will be missed by many whose life she touched and enriched. May her memory live on in the hearts and souls of those who knew and loved her.

Pam Hale, Virginia Beach, Virginia  

January 03, 2018  

  Sending our love and prayers to Alvin and family.
~ Mike and Kristi Mitchell, Blanchard, Oklahoma

January 04, 2018  

My deepest sympathy to Alvin, her children, grandchildren and her dearest friends, Debbie and Liz. Her smile could light up a room. I have many fond memories of all of us at the beach. She is free of pain and with Mike. May God bring you all comfort during this difficult time.

~ Donna Fitzgerald,

January 04, 2018

My heart is breaking at the loss of such a Wonderful Mother, Friend and a truly Strong, Fun Loving Woman. She will be missed by everyone ! This world needs many more JUST like her. Sending lots of Hugs and Prayers to The Family.

~ Janet Mills, Hampton, V

January 05, 2018

I am saddened to learn of Bonnie's passing. I know it has been a long and difficult journey for all of you. May you find some comfort knowing she is pain free and and at peace.

~ Marilyn Woodall, Suffolk, V

January 05, 2018

May the family find peace and comfort in knowing all sickness, all pain and death will one day be gone, for this has been promised.

~ Unsigned

January 05, 2018

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ T. Griffin, V

January 06, 2018

Dear Alvin, you are in our hearts. May you and your family find comfort knowing Bonnie is at peace. We will miss her.

~ Jimmy and Becky Leonard

January 06, 2018   



January 06, 2018 


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Alvin and to all of Bonnie's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(07 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

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