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“Such a wonderful person ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: William Dunn - Malone, FL

“Diann, Molly, and all Paul David's family, so sorry to hear of Paul David's passing. He was a great part of my early relationships with our...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Sharon & Gina Bullock - Lakeland

“So sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. Went to High School with Paul at Wayne High School Wayne, WV. He was a very kind 7 great person. ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Laura (Perry) Justice - Trenton, MI

“Mr. Blankenship was my middle school principal, but he was more than that, he helped me in alot of ways!! I'm sorry for your loss, he will be greatly...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Erin Corvin - Wellston, OH

“From an old friend and school mate. I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was always a sweet man. ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Donna Lucas - Parkersburg, WV

“We will miss his love of helping the rescue. Steve will especially miss sharing their coaching memories with one another. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Barb and Steve Littler - OH

“Was A coach that taught me i was the best and know one could beat me . as long as i had Faith .Coach All ways made sure we prayed the Lords Prayer...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Dana Lucoski - evansville, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with Diane. May you find some peace and comfort through your beautiful memories and wonderful family. God bless. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Beth Powers-Seiter - OH - Family

“I'm very sorry for you loss. He was a great man and I'm glad Chad and I got to meet him. Prayers for strength to help you all get through this. Chad...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Julie Osborne - Family Friend

“I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of Paul. My sympathies to you Diane, and all of your family. ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Villa Webb - Oak Hill, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss Molly. I know there is nothing that I can say but to tell you that you are in my prayers. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Lillian Reed

“I was so sorry to hear about this.....I had heard he had been having some health issues but it's still a shock. Spent a lot of time around P.D. in...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Rosalie Lusher - Prichard, WV

“I have many wonderful memories of our childhood together.So very sorry. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Sandy Hall - Lavalette, WV

“Diane and family...though it's always difficult to suffer with a loved one when they are ill, one is never fully prepared for the loss. Please know...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Mike and Deanna Stroth - Jackson, OH

“Condolences to Diane and family. He will be missed. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Elizabeth Savino - Altoona, PA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Paul. I have fond memories of him while playing sports in school with Jay and Molly. He always seemed...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Carrie Holman (Specht) - OH

“Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Jacqueline Heiser - Wellston, OH

“Very sorry, prayers to the family. Was always a Coach! ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Blackstone - Milford, OH

“When I moved to NC to teach, Mr. Blankenship send me several emails of hope and encouragement.It was a very difficult time for me and his emails were...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Michelle Conway - Jackson, OH

“Diane, Since losing my husband I can relate to all who loses their soul mates. Pray for comfort to the family. Sorry I can't be there, I don't drive...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Dottie Blankenship - Reedsville, OH

“Paul's life has had a lasting impact on countless thousands of people. He was both sports fan and coach. He taught lessons from life. He coached with...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Summers - Jackson, OH

“I will never forget the lecture Paul gave me because I skipped a big track meet to go to a concert; he believed in me more than those closest to me...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Pam and Greg Phillips - Wellston, OH

“PAUL DAVID, WAS A WONDERFUL COUSIN AND FRIEND WE HAD GREAT TIME WITH HIM ,HE WAS CLOSED TO OUR BROTHER MIKE BARNETT WHO PASSED AWAY AT 27 , EVERY...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: SANDRA BARNETT HOPE - POWELL

“Diane and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I could never express how much I cherish the memories of the years Paul and I spent together at South...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Terry Osborne - Ashland, KY

“God Bless You Brother. You have always meant so much to me and I love you very much. Jody ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Joann Blankenship - Fort Myers, FL

“Molly and Family,Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.We love you.Teresa & Paul Beach ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Teresa Beach - Barlow, OH


Paul David Blankenship passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home. Paul David Blankenship was born in Wayne, West Virginia on July 26, 1949.

Paul graduated from Wayne High School in 1967. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 1971 from Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia. In 1980 he competed a Master's Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He continued his education with postgraduate work in Educational Administration by attending The Ohio State University, Marshall University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, and The University of Rio Grande. He also completed his Superintendent's Licensure Program at Ohio University.

Throughout his educational career, Paul worked in the Wayne, South Point, Wellston and Jackson City School Districts where is also coached football and various other sports including: baseball, track, volleyball, and girls' basketball. From 1996 to 2006 he served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Jackson Middle School. In 2006, Paul retired and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Paul is preceded in death by his mother Pauline (Barnett) Blankenship, his father and stepmother, Jay and Jean Blankenship, grandparents Sally and Irvin Blankenship, and brother Chuck Liebee.

Paul is survived by his wife, Diane (Powers) Blankenship; his children: Brent Blankenship, Jay (Mandee) Blankenship, Molly Blankenship, Beth (Shawn) Osborne; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenny and Linda Engelbrecht. Paul is also survived by his five grandchildren: Jordan Banks, Holden Blankenship, Kendal Osborne, Landon Osborne, and Kingston Blankenship; and siblings: Pam (David) Earp, Joanne (Wayne) Carriveau, Mike (Mary) Blankenship, nephew Jimmy Fisher and niece Ashley (Adam) Tripp.

Paul was an avid Cleveland Browns and Marshall fan. His passion was football. Throughout his years of teaching and coaching, Paul touched many lives with his generous, kind and understanding nature. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

Calling hours will be at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, with Rosary Service to follow. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Joseph Yokum, Father Stephen Smith and Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's memory to the Wellston City Schools Track Fund, 1 E. Broadway St., Wellston, Ohio 45692 and the JHS Alumni Scholarship Fund, C/O Vicki Williams, 4335 Jisco West Road, Jackson, Ohio 45640.

Condolences may be emailed to: mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home
Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home
135 Broadway Street Jackson, OH 45640
Tel. (740) 286-4161

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