Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 24, 2013

Ruby Mae Justice Blankenship


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

SAULSVILLE — Ruby Mae Justice Blankenship of Saulsville, formerly of the Davy area, died April 22, 2013 surrounded by her family at Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley after an extended illness.

She was born November 22, 1929 to the late Daniel and Mary Cantrell Justice of Marytown. She was a member of Carswell Community Church, and loved her church family dearly. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She loved cooking for her family, especially on holidays which she made each one special. She loved doing crafts and giving them to her family. She loved feeding and watching the birds. Her favorite bird was the cardinal.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray (Junior) Blankenship; brother, Leon (Sonny) Justice; brothers-in-law, Bill Stevenson and Henry Collins; a special uncle and aunt, Elbert and Lillian Davis; niece, Phyllis Wingate; nephew, Danny Stevenson; and a grandson, Keith Altizer Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Frances (Keith) Altizer of Saulsville and Kathy (Bruce) Cottle of Moneta, Va.; sisters, Donna Blizzard of Princeton and Shirley Collins of Rantoul, Ill.; a half sister, Jo Anne Lee of Louisville, Ky.; a half brother, Butch Justice of Virginia; grandchildren, Roger (Nancy) Jennings of Sod, Christopher (Melinda) Jennings of Mullens, Ryan (Kim) Altizer of Rustburg, Va., Derek (Tasha) Altizer of Asheville, N.C., Jennifer (Patrick) Sliter of York, S.C., Amy (Micheal) Friefeld of Vinton, Va.; great-grandchildren, Brittney (Thomas) Smith of Glenwood, R.J. (Brianna) Jennings III of Barboursville, Courteney and Evan Jennings of Mullens, Sydney, Addison and Karlee Altizer of Rustburg, Va., Isaac Altizer of Asheville, N.C.; great-great-grandchild, Abbey Smith of Glenwood; special nieces, Nancy Rotenberry, Connie Quinn and Lee Ann McMahon; nephews, Ed Stevenson, David Stevenson and Jimmy Miller; and the following people who supported and helped during her illness: Dr. Barit of Mullens, Dr. Gilbhrighde and nurses at Bower’s Hospice House, Mae Mullens of Key Rock, her neighbors, Butch and Elizabeth Dye, Howard and Juanita Mullens and Rick and Ginny Shirley.

Funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Carswell Community Church, Carswell with the Rev. Douglas Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Belcher Mountain Cemetery, Belcher Mountain. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Roger Jennings, Jr. Christopher Jennings, Ryan Altizer, Derek Altizer, R.J. Jennings III, Evan Jennings and Jimmy Miller.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bower’s Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the family.