Donald Ray “Possum” Blankenship

December 10, 1933 — June 10, 2013

Donald Ray “Possum” Blankenship, 79, a resident of Bayou Vista, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Possum was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Mount Pleasant, Texas, the son of Ross and Faye High Blankenship.

Possum loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved being in the outdoors whether he was tending to his garden or taking his grandchildren fishing, as fishing was his favorite past time. He enjoyed watching baseball, especially when the Houston Astros were playing. He would always have his radio on listening to his country music.

He will be sadly missed and remembered by his loving wife, Shirley Blankenship of Bayou Vista; three children, Becky Blankenship Beadle, Buddy Ray Blankenship and Vicki Blankenship Laubach and husband, Gary, all of Patterson; nine grandchildren, Matthew Paul Beadle, Jonathan Ray Beadle, Kelsey Ann Beadle, Grace Victoria Beadle, Brenna Renee Blankenship, Jude Christian Blankenship, Blaine Edwin Laubach, Trey Anthony Laubach and Travis Adam Laubach; and one brother, Bobby Blankenship of Berwick.

Possum was preceded in death by his parents, Ross Blankenship and Faye High Blankenship.

Visitation will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Twin City Funeral Home with a funeral service being held at 4:30 p.m.

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