Ada — Services for Arvil Wayne Blankenship, 88, Ada, are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Revs. Darrel Blankenship, Justin Blankenship and Robert Ware will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Blankenship died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at a local nursing home. He was born Dec. 25, 1925, at Fort Cobb, Okla., to Albert Andrew and Cassie Belle Bingham Blankenship. He attended school in the Galey community northwest of Ada.
He married Loretta Mae Owens Oct. 8, 1971, in Ada. She preceded him in death in 2008. Mr. Blankenship was an elevator operator at Evergreen Mills in Ada until his retirement. He was a member of The River Church, volunteered at nursing homes and had served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his children, Larry Blankenship and his wife Beverly of Pauls Valley, Brenda Stallings and her husband Scott of Byng, Darrel Blankenship and his wife Sharon of Crystal Springs, Miss., and Terry Blankenship and his wife Mary Ann of Stratford; a brother, Ralph Blankenship and wife JoAnn, Muskogee; four sisters, Sue Brown, Enid, Nadine Cradduck and husband Leroy, Blanchard, Joyce Paulson and husband David and Linda McCrea, all of Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Juanita Wallis, Myrtle Garner and Mildred Patrick; a brother, Lee Blankenship; and a cousin whom was reared by his family, Roy Robertson.
Bearers will be Scott Stallings, Justin Blankenship, Billy Blankenship, Eric Blankenship, Evan Stallings, and Jeffrey Blankenship. Honorary bearers will be Darrell Stallings, Ronnie York, Harry Crenshaw, Ken Butler and Richard Chronister.