Edward E. Blankenship
Edward E. Blankenship
March 3, 1944 - December 23, 2019
Edward Earl Blankenship (Mr. B), 75 of Seymour, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019, in Seymour after fighting a lengthy battle with Alzheimerís.
A visitation will be held from 6-7 pm on Thursday, December, 26, 2019, at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. B was born March 3, 1944, in Baylor County to James A. and Edna G. (Edwards) Blankenship. He was a graduate of Seymour High School and received his B.S. and M.S. of Education from Texas Tech University. He taught Ag. Sciences at Three Way High School in Maple, Texas, then moved back to Seymour to teach Ag. Sciences at Seymour High School for a total of 35 years. Ed married his High School Sweetheart Peggy Jo Simaichl on September 2, 1965.
Ed served as Secretary, VP, and then President of the Vocational Agricultural Teacherís Association of Texas from 1991-1994. Ed also served as the President of the Professional Ag. Workers of Texas in 1999. He received the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree, the Honorary American FFA Degree, and the FFA Eagle Award from Seymour High School for teaching SHS Ag. Sciences from 1970-2002. He was a gentle giant and loved and respected each and every one of his students immensely.
He also served as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church, Director of the Adult 1 Sunday School Class, and Chairman of the United We Build Campaign. He served on the Board of the Baylor County Jr. Livestock Show for numerous years. Ed also taught Hunter Education Safety Courses, ATV Safety Courses, was an avid trapper, and loved the outdoors as well as his livestock and tractors.
He is preceded in death by his father, James A., his mother, Edna Gertrude, his brother, James Harlan, and his sister, Mary Yvonne Whitworth.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of 54 years; one son, James Gregory Blankenship (his wife Amanda Susan and their three sons: Gavin James, Gage Jennings, and Jett Gabel of Lucas, Texas), and one daughter, Dr. Shannon Camille (her husband Dr. Charlie Buchanan and their daughters :Camilla Ruth and Laura Corinne of Morgan Mill, Texas).
Ed lived his life shining Jesusí light, with no doubt of his true heart to those around him. He impacted so many, always whistling and always smiling. He never met a stranger and gave the best bear hugs of anyone.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Seymour or Hospice of Wichita Falls. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, December, 27, at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Seymour, Texas.