Mrs. Barbara Ann Gray Blankenship, age 86, of Shannon, Georgia, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2023.

Barbara was born in Floyd County, Georgia on February 28, 1937, daughter of the late Raymond Preston Gray, and the late Thelma Louise Moore Gray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hal Lee Blankenship, on September 13, 2001, sister, Helen Edwards, brother, Mack Moore, brothers-in-law, Bill Edwards, Bill Blankenship, sister-in-law, Imogene Blankenship, and a niece, Judy Turner.

Barbara retired from GE after 38 years of service, then she worked 11 years at New Antioch Baptist Church 4553 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, GA 30161. She was an active member of the Eastern Star, Etowah Chapter 100. Barbara was devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend and she will be missed by all. She loved her many friends and extended family.

Survivors include her daughter, Sherri Blankenship (Tammie Tolbert), of Silver Creek; sons, Jeffery Blankenship of Atlanta, and Todd Blankenship (Sonya) of Rome; one granddaughter, Brooke LeAnne Bennett (A.J.) of Rome, one great-granddaughter, Blakelyn LeAnne Bennett, one great-grandson, Beckett Preston Bennett; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 1:00 pm at New Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Cargle and Rev. Jim Reynolds officiating.

The family will receive friends at New Antioch Baptist Church on Wednesday, from 11:00am until 1:00pm.

Barbara loved life and was blessed to have the love of her family & friends.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Wednesday at 12:00pm and include Active: Jimmy Edwards, Jerry Edwards, Beau Edwards, Stephen Wacker, Stephen Wacker Jr. and A.J. Bennett. Honorary: Ladies of Faith Sunday School Class at New Antioch Baptist Church and Jar Edwards.  

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider contributing to Antioch Baptist church youth group or the local Humane Society.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.