Beulah Blankenship


Beulah "Boots" Edith Blankenship, 92, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Cleveland.

She was born in Bradley County on Sept. 9, 1926, to William Hardin Hancock and Harriet "Hattie" Angeline Davis Hancock.

She was a longtime member of Lebanon Baptist Church, where she served as the Sunday School secretary and an assistant Sunday School teacher. She loved children and helped with many of the children's Christmas plays. In later years, she attended both Evening Light and Community Hall churches.

She worked for many years as a substitute teacher in Bradley County Schools. She worked for a time at Delta and Kellman Manufacturing, and then returned to work in the schools in food service, and as a cleaning supervisor for the Cleveland City Schools until she retired at age 80.

She was a former member of the Eastern Star in Cleveland. She also enjoyed baking and was known for her delicious treats. Her family was precious to her, and she was always ready to join in any activity and fun.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse L. "Jack" Blankenship; her brothers: Joe, Jim and Bill Hancock; as well as her sisters: Lula Melton and Dorothy Prince.

She will be missed by her sons: Gary (Roni) Blankenship of Chattanooga, and Tim (Kristine) Blankenship of Cleveland; grandchildren: Christopher (Jessica) Blankenship of Ringgold, Ga., Mark (Andrew) Blankenship of New York City, Brandon Strickland and Megan Tigue of Cleveland; and great-grandchildren: Kaydence, Caleb and Greyson.

Memorial service will be on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Serenity of Cleveland Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome, or a donation may be made in memory of Beulah Blankenship to the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1411 Old Parksville Road, Cleveland, TN 37323.

We invite you to view the family guestbook and send a message of comfort at


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