Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN


Melba Nadine Blankenship

14 February , 192315 November , 2019

Melba Nadine (Marshall) Nichols, Blankenship, age 96, of Knoxville, Tennessee (formerly of Slagle, Louisiana) passed away November 15, 2019 at the home of her oldest daughter. She was an active member of South Point Church in Knoxville. She attended Cypress School and Simpson School in Vernon Parish Louisiana. She worked at Ft. Polk Military Base and later worked in Health Care. She retired from Hillcrest Beverly Nursing (Dietary Department). Melba Nadine Blankenship had a strong faith in God and was the Prayer Warrior for this family. She devoted many hours to prayer and reading the Bible. She has taught or assisted with teaching a Sunday School Class for many years. She helped with service projects, including making lap robes for the elderly, the Christmas Shoebox, Food Pantry and many more. She was proceded in death by her, husband; Robert B. Blankenship and by her oldest son; James E. Nichols; her parents, Charlie Jefferson Marshall and Frances Laura (Williams) Marshall Cain; 11 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by 4 children, 20 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The sons are David (Doris) Nichols and Charles (Marie) Nichols of Slagle, Louisiana. The daughters are Carolyn (Bob) Owens of Knoxville, TN and Francis (Ed) Curl of Morristown, TN. Visitation: 5 to 7 PM on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at South Point Church 1029 Avenue A in Knoxville, TN 37920 with Services to follow at 7 PM. Rev. Bryan Hair and Rev. Jeff Odom officiating. Interment will be at 2 PM on Monday, November 18, 2019 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery 5901 Lyons View Pike Knoxville, TN 37919. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery around 1:45 PM. Memorials/Donation s may be made to South Point Church or Church of your choice in her memory. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Sunday, 17 November , 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, 17 November , 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, 18 November , 2019


Melba Nadine Blankenship

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Mike Marshall

17 November 2019

I was fortunate to meet Nadine several years ago at the Marshall Family Reunion , and we had a little time for a chat. I found her very friendly and she even remembered some of my family. She smiled sweetly and listened to me chatter away about my Marshall history discovery’s and told me she like the scrap book I had assembled. Being a 50 year Hairdresser while we visited I kept thinking what beautiful hair she had and such a lovely completion. Being someone who has also lost a greatly loved parent I feel your loss and hope you feel my love for Nadine and her loved ones. Bless you and have strength of faith. Mike

Gail Clausen Bram

16 November 2019

I did not know Melba Nadine Blankenship, but I did/do know her son, David Nichols, who was a classmate of mine from Simpson High School in the 1960’s. David was/is a reasoned, kind, thoughtful, astute, and overall fine man—a man who reflected/reflects the Light of Christ. I would conclude that Mrs. Blankenship modeled for David these attitudes and behaviors and made sure he learned these attributes well. Therefore, the words of the Gospel of Matthew 25: 16, 23: “Well done, good and faithful servant...Enter into the joy of your lord” surely apply to this lovely woman.

Myra Brooks

16 November 2019

I only knew her a couple of years, but oh the example she was to me! I can't even imagine the many crowns she must be receiving for the people she helped lead to our Lord by her living testimony. Her passing will leave a void that only Jesus can fill. ♥️

Walter (Ed) Curl

16 November 2019

She was my wonderful mother-in-law , always seemed to call me Mr. Curl .We will miss her very much she was a great lady of God. Will also miss her wonderful smile .
She left a great legacy of faithful children who also follow the Lord as much as she did. Carolyn ,David , Charles and Francis.
With love Ed.

Lisa Yates

16 November 2019

My grandmother was a devoted follower of the Lord. I always bragged that she had a direct line to God so if there was anything you wanted to be sure He knew, then you could ask her to pray about it. As you can tell, I admired her greatly and loved her dearly. She will be sorely missed, but I try to find comfort in knowing she is reunited with her parents, son, siblings, and husband. Most comforting of all is knowing she is rejoicing and praising our savior Jesus Christ. She always had the best advice and told Bible stories to back up her insightful wisdom. She faced this world and all of its problems with such grace, of which I hope I have inherited even just a fraction of what she exuded. No more problems of this world will my Grammy face. I thank you Jesus for the blessing of having her in my life and my sons' lives. Rest in peace my beloved Grammy! Until I see you again, please know how deeply you are loved.

Stephenie Hammac- Winston

15 November 2019

Grammie was the strongest and most godly woman I have ever known. She never spoke a negative word about anyone. She was our prayer warrior and our role model. I will never forget all of the years we shared together. This is not goodbye, just see ya later. I know she is with her Heavenly Father waiting for us to join her someday.

Mellisa Marshall

15 November 2019

I will miss Aunt Nadine. She was special to me.

Tina Marshall

15 November 2019

I will love and miss Aunt Nadine forever. I always considered her "our precious jewel". My heartfelt condolences and love to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-greats.