Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

109 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA


Carlene Thomason Blankenship

April 29, 1934August 17, 2019

Carlene Thomason Blankenship, age 85, of Martinsville passed away on August 17, 2019 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1934, in Henry County to the late Nancy Ruth Draper Thomason and Posie Thomason. In addition to her parent, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Blankenship, and sister Mavis Rice.

Carlene was a 1952 graduate of John D. Bassett High School, as well as graduating from Perry Business School. She was a lifelong member of Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren. She retired from Hooker Furniture in 1993 after 39 years.

Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Hillsman (Phil) of Durham, NC, and Delia Olson (John, Jr.) of Cary, NC; sister Ellen Thomason and brother Kermon Thomason (Margaret). Also surviving are her grandchildren, David Hillsman, Amy Hillsman, and John Olson III.

The visitation will be held at McKee-Stone on Wednesday from 6-8 PM and the funeral service will be Thursday at 11AM at McKee-Stone Chapel. Pastor Emma Jean Woodard will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Regional Library (PO Box 5264 Martinsville VA 24112) or Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren (2390 Figsboro Rd Martinsville, VA 24112-8245).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com for the Blankenship family.


  • Blue Ridge Regional Library
  • Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, August 22, 2019


Carlene Thomason Blankenship

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Jenny and Frank Rorrer

August 22, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Carlene's (Ms. B) passing. We have such wonderful memories of our years living next door to Mr. and Ms. B (as we called them). They were the best neighbors and friends. They will always hold a special place in our hearts. Jenny and Frank Rorrer

Dr. Buford Frye

August 22, 2019

Carlene was my first cousin and our families visited together frequently when we were growing up. We went to different schools until high school when boundaries were changed and the Figsboro students joined us at Bassett. We were both graduates from J.D. Bassett High School in the class of 1952. We went different paths in life. In later years We became reacquainted at the annual Draper Reunion. Carlene was a gentle loving soul with strong family ties who loved her flowers. She will be missed very much and I offer my condolences to all her family.

Agnes Frye

August 20, 2019

I have fond memories of Carlene. I always enjoyed seeing her at the Draper Reunion. I will not be able to come to the funeral but will remember the family in my prayers. Agnes Frye

Tim Hopkins

August 20, 2019

I was fortunate to have known Carlene when I was very young. As a Sunday school teacher she challenged me in ways that would help mold me in years to come. As an adult, her intelligence always inspired me to strive for higher goals. I always looked forward to her heart felt hugs each time we met. I know Carlene has riches in heaven awaiting her far beyond my understanding, and I will miss her until we meet again!

John Thomasson

August 19, 2019

I'm glad I knew you as one of my first cousins. Rest in peace Carlene.
John S. Thomasson
Richmond, Virginia

Pam Hall

August 19, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Carlene at Hooker Furniture . Prayers for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Judy Stilwell

August 19, 2019

Nancy and DeeDee I will miss your beautiful mom so very much. She always had a beautiful smile and a kind word. My love and prayers are with you both, Ellen, Kermon, and your children this week.

Mary Keesee

August 19, 2019

So many wonderful memories of Carlene. VBS crafts-SS teacher-learning Books of the Bible-getting coins-working in her flowers-telling me about her 4 kitties-fixing flowers for the altar at church-helping decorate for holidays-her sharp mind and her funny wit--my last picture of her was Sunday morning Aug 4th with my grandsons arm around her shoulder giving her a hug!! (AND so many many more things)!! I know she read books all the time also!!

Dale Burnette

August 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Carlene’s passing. We were a part of the Thomasson clan of cousins with many years spread between us but always bound together by that ever present kinship. She was always so kind and helpful, forever showing a genuine interest in those around her. I will miss her sweet smile and loving embrace upon each encounter. May she rest in peace with our Lord.

Clovis Eller

August 18, 2019

Have so many fond memories of my wonderful cousin Carlene. So many summers were spent with her, her siblings and Uncle Posey and Aunt Ruth. Memories I’ll never forget. Just talked to her on Aug 6th and as always we talked forever reminiscing about all the good times. It was so wonderful to talk to her. It always made my day. I will miss her dearly but I know she has made the journey home to be with the Lord. REST IN PEACE DEAR COUSIN TILL WE MEET AGAIN. LOVE YOU. CLOVIS