Norman Blankenship

BLANKENSHIP, Norman, 84, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, passed August 22, 2019. 

Norman was a native Floridian, born at home in Turkey Creek to Ruby and William Blankenship. He had 5 sisters and 2 brothers. 

He served our country in the US Army. Norman married Shirley Ann Millen on August 18, 1958. They had two sons, Kenny and Dennis; and a daughter, Mardee. They moved to Land O’ Lakes in 1966. Norman was very active in his community. He was instrumental in organizing the Land O Lakes Little League, LOLHS Booster Club program and the building of the LOLHS football stadium. Norman loved fishing and spending time in Bryson City, North Carolina where they had a summer home. 

He was a beloved grandfather to TJ, Samantha, Christopher, Brittany, Lauren, Junia, Kenny, Subrina and Gaige; and great grandfather to Jackson, Brooks, Linley, Julian, Penelope, Lorelei, Emmett, Jonah, Parker, Zailey, Jaden, Greyer, and Margot. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years , Shirley; children, Kenny (Teresa), Mardee Harvey (Tim) and Dennis (Sherri); sisters, Hildrey Cunningham, Francis Blankenship, Stella Welch, and Sandi Mattia; 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. 

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, August 26th at Loyless Funeral Home in Land O’ Lakes. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Military Honors and burial at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.