Russie Blankenship, 76, of Galax, Va., died July 26, 2022. He was born in Panther, W.Va., on May 25, 1946, to Elias and Patty Allen Blankenship. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson and several siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Blankenship; son, Jesse Lee Blankenship Sr.; sister, Corine Blankenship Goad; all of Galax, Va.; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and several step-children.

A graveside service will be held July 29, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the Cranberry Christian Church Cemetery with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends July 29 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.

Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home is serving the Blankenship family.