Eleanor Blankenship


Mrs. Eleanor Grace Blankenship, daughter of James Willard Keener and Grace Keener, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1938, in Highlands, N.C. She attended the public schools of Macon County and was a graduate of Southwestern Community College.

She was married to Harold B. Blankenship. She had four sons, Robert (Susan) Crowe, Ronnie (Terri) Crowe, Kenneth (Patricia) Crowe and Brian (Dawn) Crowe. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Brittany Crowe, Heather (Paul) Dalton, Robert (Vicky) Crowe Jr., Ann Marie (Burton) Zimbach, Grace Crowe, Natalie Dendy and Michelle (Travis) Pendergrass; six great-grandchildren; and family friends, Carlos and Sharnay Vazquez.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.

Burial followed in Parris Cemetery.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., served the family.