Shirley D. Blankenship

January 12, 1941January 6, 2019

Shirley Dalton Blankenship, 77, passed away unexpectantly Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She was born on January 12, 1941 in Rhea Mill, Texas to the late William Murrell Dalton and Lela Florene Dalton.

Shirley was a strong Christian woman who was devoted to her husband. She was a loving wife, step mother, step grandmother and friend to many. She loved working at Willis Caroon as an insurance analyst in Charlotte from where she retired. Shirley was a member of Berryhill Baptist church and was a devoted and faithful servant of the Lord. She also attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. She was a loving soul that had compassion for everyone and only had kind words and thoughts for those she knew and met.

Married for 30 years, Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Molton Blankenship; her step daughter, Lisa Michelle Blankenship Witherspoon (Mark); step grandchildren, Alexandra Patrice Witherspoon and Bryan Ashton Witherspoon; brothers, Donald Lynn Dalton and Ronald Glenn Dalton; and sister Peggy Joyce Dalton. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Charlotte Louise Dalton.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Harry and Bryant’s Chapel, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. A service to celebrate her life will immediately follow at 11:00 AM. Interment held afterwards at 12:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn West, 4601 Freedom Drive in Charlotte.

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life\Cancer Walk\American Cancer Society, or charity of choice. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Service to Celebrate Shirley's Life Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Inerment Friday, January 11, 2019

Shirley D. Blankenship

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