OBITUARY

June (Kelly) Blankenship

November 25, 1934May 4, 2020
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BLANKENSHIP

June Kelly Blankenship, age 85, of Grayson, Georgia, formerly of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020.

June was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to a farming family and spent most of her early years on farms in middle Tennessee and northeast Arkansas. Having been raised on farms and having a mother who had a love of gardening, June became a talented gardener. She always maintained a vegetable garden in her backyard and had an immaculately landscaped yard.

June was an outgoing individual who was easy to get to know and had many friends. She was an avid bowler and was a member of both a ladies and mixed league for many years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs for 40+ years and was involved in various church activities including Keenagers and Vacation Bible School. She also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for many years.

June is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Maggie Kelly, and brother, D.W. Kelly.

Survivors include her children, Wendy Hill (Mike) of Snellville, Georgia, Gary Steven “Steve” Wood and Gregory “Greg” Wood of Decatur, Georgia; brother, Joe Kelly (Ann) of Jackson, Mississippi; sister, Sherry Garrett of Nashville, Tennessee; grandsons, Kevin Hill (Sommer) of Monroe, Georgia and Trent Hill (Danielle) of Loganville, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Abby, Emma, Madi, Jordan, Layla and Tate; a grandcat, “Piper”; and 11 nieces and nephews.

June’s family will receive friends on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from noon until 1:00 PM at Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven 8640 Rose Avenue Douglasville, Georgia 30134. Services will follow at 1:00 PM in Rosehaven Chapel. Services will also be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/RosehavenMemorial/. Burial will follow at Rosehaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Meals on Wheels.

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of June by visiting www.whitleygarner.com.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home 8640 Rose Avenue Douglasville, Georgia 30134.

  • FAMILY

  • Woodrow Wilson Kelly, Father (deceased)
  • Maggie Tennessee (Moore) Kelly, Mother (deceased)
  • Wendy Hill, Daughter
  • Mike Hill, Son in Law
  • Gary Steven "Steve" Wood, Son
  • Gregory "Greg" Wood, Son
  • D.W. Kelly, Brother (deceased)
  • Joe Kelly, Brother
  • Ann Kelly, Sister in Law
  • Sherry Kelly Garrett, Sister
  • Kevin Hill, Grandson
  • Sommer Hill, Granddaughter in Law
  • Trent Hill, Grandson
  • Danielle Hill, Granddaughter in Law
  • Abby, Great-Granddaughter
  • Emma, Great-Granddaughter
  • Madi, Great-Granddaughter
  • Jordan, Great-Grandson
  • Layla, Great-Granddaughter
  • Tate "Tator Tot", Great-Grandson
  • Piper, Grandcat
  • June is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews who will cherish her memory.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mike Hill, Active Pallbearer
  • Kevin Hill, Active Pallbearer
  • Trent Hill, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • Livestream of Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • Services

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

Memories

June (Kelly) Blankenship

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Kim Echols Obermeyer

May 12, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of June's passing. My sister and I visited with her shortly before she moved out of her house and she was so excited about moving to the senior home. June was a sweet lady.

Lynn Tomberlin

May 11, 2020

Greg...So sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was always so sweet to me. Praying for you and your family.

Cynthia Kelly

May 9, 2020

Although I have only met my Aunt June a few times she left an indelible imprint in my heart. My sister and brother,
( we are children of D.W. Kelly, her brother) went to visit Aunt June. She opened her heart and her home to us. We shared memories of my father, saw pictures of family that we have never seen before. Of course there was as immediate bond. She had a back yard that was fit to be a garden in heaven. It was absolutely breathtaking. She was hard working and her home and gardening skills were evidence of it.
It's so sad to see her go, but so happy to know she is with her parents, her brother and other family members. I am so grateful and thankful for my cousins and family that live so very far from here (California).
I hope the pain of losing someone so dear will be swallowed up in the love and comfort our Savior offers us. Rest in peace dear Aunt June. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Love, Cindy

Sherry Garrett

May 9, 2020

June was truly a woman of substance. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

She was always engaged in one of her many hobbies. Like her mother, one of her greatest delights was in tending her luscious flower gardens. They were so vivid and beautiful.

She treasured her children and grandchildren. They so enriched her life, and undoubtedly, she theirs. She spoke of them often, and took such pride in their accomplishments.

June had boundless energy, and even though I am fifteen years younger, she ran circles around me. And what a cook! When I got one of her recipes, try as I might, my dishes never measured up.

As a child, I thought that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. I carried a picture of her in my wallet for many years. My favorite thing was to rummage through her make up, and she gave me full reign.

Without her, there will be a void in the lives of so many.

Goodbye for now Sissy.






Debra Mayfield

May 8, 2020

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Blankenship Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

Debbie Brady

May 8, 2020

My family has known June for 27 years thru bowling. She and I bowled in many tournaments together and had so much fun!! She absolutely fell in love with our baby, Branson, the minute he was born! He was her baby! As soon as he could talk he asked her for a piece of gum and from that moment on she always had gum waiting for him when we got to the alley! So at his graduation party, when he opened her card, out fell a piece of gum! We loved June sooo much and we will miss her dearly!
Our prayers for comfort and peace are with her family every day. ❤

Shelly Vavrick

May 7, 2020

We were planning a trip in July to come and see her and Greg , which sadly will not be happening. Aunt June was loved and cherished by those that knew her. I'll always cherish her Hospitality when I came to visit. May she rest in peace until we meet again. Love you Aunt June. Love, Shelly Kelly ( Vavrick)

Jessica Scogin

May 7, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I grew up at the bowling alley and June seemed to always bowl the same league as my parents (Rusty, Denise Tucker) I can remember as a child every time I spoke to her she’d give me a huge hug and smile and I loved how she always had her hair fixed no matter what.
Later in life when I bowled as an adult she and I had so many great conversations. When my Dad (Rusty) was diagnosed with dementia she never went without checking on him every chance she saw me. I remember talking to her about her move and she was so excited to be close to her family. I can honestly say since she moved I missed seeing her at the bowling alley or seeing her post on my FB photos of my kids or type a sweet message about my Dad.
She was certainly a very very sweet woman, may she Rest In Peace. Prayers for the family.

Marie Julian

May 7, 2020

I met June when we became friends with Wendy and Mike. She was always so kind, and I was so impressed at her strength and determination. She was a preciius soul, and I’m very glad we crossed paths in this life. Prayers for her family and friends as they will miss her earthly presence.

Kay Driver

May 7, 2020

I met June when she bowled at Southern Lanes in Douglasville. I haven't seen her in a while since she moved but she was a nice lady & I enjoyed being around her.

FROM THE FAMILY

The Kellys - 1930's
Woodrow and Maggie (seated), Joe (in Woodrow's lap), D.W. (standing), and Little June Kelly (in Maggie's lap).

FROM THE FAMILY

Little June Kelly - Circa 1940, Lawrenceburg, TN

FROM THE FAMILY

Little June Kelly - Circa 1943, Arkansas

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Senior class picture - 1951, State Line, MS

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The Kellys - Circa 1952, State Line, MS
D.W., Woodrow, Maggie, Joe, June, and Sherry

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Early 1950s

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Circa 1952

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Circa 1953

FROM THE FAMILY

June and Harold - December 1954, shortly after marrying.

FROM THE FAMILY

June and Harold on the town in Memphis. Circa 1954

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