|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1997|
Walter Neal Blankenbeckler, age 74, of Chilhowie, died on his 74th birthday, Jan. 25, 1997, in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Dungan Blankenbeckler. He was a lifelong resident of Smyth County and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Blankenbeckler loved hunting and was an accomplished archer, having won the Virginia State Championship title in the sport. He had worked until his retirement at both Burlington Industries, and as a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He had owned and operated Neal's Archery Shop in Chilhowie. He was a member of the Chilhowie Masonic Lodge #250 A.F. & A.M., was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and was a life member of Marion VFW Post 4667.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David Neal and Linda Blankenbeckler, Bristol; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Hutton, Glade Spring; one brother, John Campbell Blankenbeckler, Homasassa, Fla.; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Michelle and Chris Brown, Bristol, Tenn.; one grandson, Neal Hutton, Glade Spring; one infant great-granddaughter, Kayla Louann Brown, Bristol, Tenn.
Memorial services were conducted Monday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Branson officiating. Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the St. James Cemetery, Chilhowie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 698, Abingdon, VA 24212-0698.
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.
Walter Rufus Blankenbeckler (1891 - 1963)
Beulah A. Blankenbeckler (1892 - 1952)
Eloise Dungan Blankenbeckler (1921 - 1992)*
Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Herbert Lee Cover III
Originally Created by: James Archer
Record added: Feb 05, 2011
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