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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Monday May 30th, 2022
4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Larry Don "Pete" Blankenship

Larry Don "Pete" Blankenship (81) passed away May 28, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center after a period of declining health. After graduating from Sullivan West High School, Pete served his country as a medic in the Army National Guard. He went on to be employed by Eastman Kodak, from which he retired after more than 34 years of service.  Pete loved the outdoors and took great pride in tending a garden, mowing the yard and making sure he had flowers in the summer.  He enjoyed watching University of Tennessee and local high school sporting events. Pete was a social butterfly and delighted in engaging with friends, old and new. When driving became a challenge for him, he was often chauffeured around town by his dear friend and neighbor Tess Page, who selflessly helped to "watch out" for him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Ward; stepfather, Robert Ward; sisters, Mary Annis Hutson, Judy Wallace; and brother, Olan Ward. 

Pete is survived by his devoted daughter, Tammy Henry; son-in-law, Brian; and dearly beloved granddaughters, Carter and Lily.  They were the lights of his life. He was privileged to meet a jewel of a friend, Darlene Moody, with whom he shared several months of conversation, dinners, and joyous memories.

The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers Andrew and Emily from Legacy Home Care.  They provided outstanding care to "Mr.Larry" in the last few months and their level of commitment was impeccable.  The Holston Valley ER and W3 staff provided outstanding devotion and dignity as he journeyed from this life.

Pete's wish was to be cremated with no formal memorial service. However, the family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2022, at the Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport.

Memorial donations may be made in Pete's memory to the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department at 106 Ruritan Rd, Fall Branch, TN 37656.

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I worked with Pete for many years at the Auto auction there in fall branch.
He was always so nice to work with. Prayers for the family.

Ann Woods May 31 2022 2:15 PM

I worked with Pete for many years he was always a very nice guy and loved to talk about his daughter. Condolences for his family

Pam Venoy McInturff May 30 2022 2:11 PM

Pete, we didn't get to share a lot of time during our adult stage of life, but I have the fondest memories of you, especially during our time on the football B team. You will always be in my memories. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Ace Crawford May 30 2022 11:52 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Blankenship

Patrick McIntosh May 29 2022 11:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Blankenship

Nancy Fletcher May 29 2022 3:32 PM

RIP Pete,& thanks for the friendship.

Otis Vicars May 29 2022 11:02 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Blankenship

Ted and Casey Margotta May 28 2022 9:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Blankenship

Patsy Garland Gray May 28 2022 8:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Blankenship

Brad Baines May 28 2022 5:52 PM