Sailor, rest your oar.

Charles H. Blankenship

Hartford Conn. 1944

Charles Hillard Blankenship

Charles Hillard Blankenship, born April 21, 1925, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004 at Healthmark Regional Medical Center, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

A native of Freeport, Fla., Mr. Blankenship served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1966, He saw duty as a Radioman on submarines, surface ships, and shore stations. He retired as a Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive (CTI) Chief Petty Officer (SS).

He was subsequently employed as an intelligence research analyst at the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Mead, Md.

In 1976 Mr. Blankenship retired from the National Security Agency and returned to Walton County, residing in DeFuniak Springs until his death.

Mr. Blankenship was preceeded in death by his granddaughter, Kathleen Adele Sheehan.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine; daughters Linda Hamlett and husband Aaron of Georgetown, Texas, Karen Sheehan of DeFuniak Springs; and sons, Harvey, Captain, United States Army (retired) and wife Lorna of DeFuniak Springs, and Chief Petty Officer Rick and wife Candace of Corinth, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by a special former son-in-law, James Feagin of Hendersonville, N.C.

Mr. Blankenship will be cremated and his ashes consigned to the sea. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at St. Margarets Catholic Church, Highway 331 N., DeFuniak Springs.

A time of fellowship and a meal will follow the service for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.