Loretta M. Blankenship, 70, of Lake City, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Missouri, Mrs. Blankenship lived much of her life in Lake City. She was a retired Craighead County Deputy Circuit Court Clerk, serving both Jonesboro and Lake City Courthouses. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eulis and Clara Davis, two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, J.C. (Sonny) Blankenship of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tana and Jack Despain of Jonesboro, and Amanda and Kevin Turman of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Marc Despain, Jacquelyn Clayton, Alex Turman and Austin Turman; and five great-grandchildren, Brooke Despain, Zac Despain, Blake Despain, Kara Clayton and Luke Clayton.
Graveside funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday in Jonesboro Memorial Park with Jerry Reed officiating.