Blankenship, James “Jamie”

James “Jamie” Blankenship, 59, of Huntington, W.Va. was ushered into the presence of the King Thursday morning, January 14, 2021. Funeral service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 18, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, of which he was a member, with Pastor David Akers officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Jamie was born July 6, 1961 in Huntington a son of the late Orval “Jack” and Arlene Burdette Blankenship. He was a former salesman with Clayton Homes and present owner of Rocky Tops Pizza in Kenova. Jamie was an avid Marshall Fan. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Cline and Virgie Blankenship; maternal grandparents J.B. and Bernice Tanner; two brothers Randy Blankenship and Robert “Bobby Jack” Blankenship; two special aunts Peggy Turman and Marlene Crook (Carly) and father-in-law David Akers. Survivors include his beloved wife Jeannette Akers Blankenship; precious daughter April Blankenship (Marshall Young); special cousin, whom he considered more like a sister, Angela Adams (Bruce); three aunts Mary Cussick (Jack), Jennifer Tanner and Sue Russell and two nieces Tracy Arthur and Renee Law (Paul). He is also survived by his mother-in-law Annette Akers; brother and sister-in-law David Akers (Pam); two nieces Cassidy Adkins (T.J.) and Whitney Buck (Ryan); two nephews Dr. Brad Akers (Breanne) and Zachary Akers (Amanda); a host of great nieces and nephews and two special friends Mike Brumfield (Mandy) and Jeff Barrett. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday, January 18, 2021 at the church. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Social distancing and mask will be required. Online condolences may be expressed at


5 Replies to “Blankenship, James “Jamie””

  1. Jamie was a super guy. I am a childhood school friend from Barboursville Elementary. Jamie was always smiling and had a hand shake or hug for everyone. You could count on his presence at church every Sunday and you knew he was happy to be there. Much love and prayers for the family during this loss.

  2. Sorry to hear about Jamie, we remember the good times that Barbie & Larry & Jamie had when we lived on grapevine rd. PRAYERS for the family

  3. Jeanette and family,
    We were so sad to hear of Jaime’s passing. Our prayers are still being lifted for your peace during a difficult time. He was such a nice man and will be missed by all. Love to you all.

    Kevin and Paula Huber

  4. My condolences to the Blankenship family. Jamie was a lifelong friend, a faithful and great teammate and just a wonderful guy. So many memories from our days on the field and the court….Jamie will be missed. I look forward to seeing him again on Heaven’s bright shore.

  5. I have known Jamie for years. His dad worked for my dad at Associated Grocers many years ago. I think the first time we met was at a company function at Camden Park. We also went to BHS together. He was a sweet guy and my deepest sympathies go to your family.

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