James (Eddie) Blankenship passed away peacefully December 10, 2021 at his home, surrounded by friends, family and love.
Eddie came to Crestview from GA in the early 80’s. He started Eddie’s Starters and Alternators on Hwy 90 East which grew into Eddie’s Auto Sales. Being a successful businessman allowed him to build a wonderful life with the woman he loved and give back to his community, which he often did.
He is survived by his wife of 35 and a half years, Jerry Blankenship ; Sister Sheila Gibson and husband Steve ; Son Jason Ladner and wife Krista ; Grandchildren Amanda Greenwalt and husband Alex, Jada Ladner, Sarah Ladner, Zoe Gray, Xander Gray, great grandchildren Bailey, Avery, James, and Oakland, due in January ‘22, as well as countless nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family and Our Pastor : Jim Skates and wife Elaine.
Eddie’s wishes included not having a ceromony or service and in lieu of gifts or flowers in his name, please give to a child. It’s what he would do.