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William Benjamin ‘Ben’ Blanks

Blanks, William Benjamin “Ben”, 68, of Richmond passed peacefully Feb. 22, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Gardner Blanks, his mother Edith Estelle Trottman Blanks, his two brothers, Harry Gardner Blanks Jr. and Thomas Littleton Blanks.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Jennings Blanks; his son, William Benjamin “Billy” Blanks Jr. (Shannon); daughters, Cindy Cole (Wally) of South Boston, Kelly Blanks and Casey Claytor (Mark) of Mechanicsville; one brother, Nat Blanks of Chester; one sister, Mary Powell of South Boston; eight grandchildren, Kristin, Ashlan, Brittany, Tannar, Chase, Sarah, Micah & Zachary; three great-grandchildren, Hadley, Dannon, and Bronwyn, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifetime friends.

Ben retired from Dominion Va. Power and later owned home inspection business.  He enjoyed spending free time outdoors fishing on the York River, hunting in Halifax County, gardening, listening to Willie Nelson and George Jones while piddling in his “tool shed.”  In his later years he enjoyed spending time traveling in RV with wife and beloved dogs. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the river and serving his specialties, fried croaker and hush puppies, and oyster stew on Christmas Eve.

For friends and family in South Boston area, the family will be receiving friends at the home of Bill and Shannon Blanks, 600 Forest Drive, South Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.  A Celebration of his life will be held in the Richmond area at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to:  Serving Hope Food Pantry, 3228 Virgie Cole Road, South Boston, Va. 24592, or Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2007 Timberlake Ave., Richmond, Va. 23228.