Shirley Jean Ratliff Blankenship, age 68, of Rowe, Virginia passed away Friday (July 12, 2019) at Heritage Hall of Grundy. Born January 26, 1951 in Buchanan County, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Glenn Woodrow and Fannie Mae Blankenship Ratliff. A lifelong resident of the area, she was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith. She enjoyed going to church, spending time at the lake and taking care of her dogs.
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In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira McKinley Blankenship; one infant daughter, Rebecca Jean Blankenship; one sister, Anna Belle Rowe and six brothers, Marvin Ratliff, Jim Ratliff, Junior Ratliff, Raymond Ratliff, Hurley Ratliff and Jerry Ratliff; special uncle and aunt, Claude and Stella Ratliff and her precious dog, Princess.
Survivors include two brothers, Bill Ratliff of Page, Virginia and Ralph Ratliff and wife, Ruth of Rowe, Virginia; three sisters, Christine Ratliff of Rowe, Virginia, Bonnie Yates of Knoxville, Tennessee and Linda Smith of Hurley, Virginia; special caregivers, Chris and Pennie Ratliff; several very special nieces and nephews and her beloved K-9 companion, Lucy also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Monday at Rowe Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Brad Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Street Cemetery at Rowe, Virginia.
Pallbearers will be Steven Ratliff, Chris Ratliff, William Ratliff, Milton Ratliff, Tim Street, Jeff Ratliff, Russell Ratliff and Blake Artrip.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of MSA Hospice.
The family will receive friends after 6 PM Sunday at Rowe Pentecostal Holiness Church, where an evening service will be conducted at 7 PM with Rev. Michael Justice officiating.
Online condolences may be made at www.honakerfuneralhome.net.