Troy Blankenship

Troy Jackson Blankenship

Sunday, August 22nd, 1976 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Troy Jackson Blankenship, age 43, of Salem, Va., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Deborah Shelton; father, Roy Blankenship; and grandparents, Otha “Jack,” Elizabeth, Junior, and Ruby.

He is survived by brothers, Travis Blankenship (Tracey) and Brandon Shelton (Kayla); and step-parents, Eddie Shelton and Diana Blankenship. He is also survived by a very special aunt, Sue Lee. Thank you for all you have done for Troy. He carried a special place for you in his heart just as you do for him.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to friends, Tim and Edna, Chrissy and Connie, members of Blue Ridge Church of Christ, and John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem.

Troy is most remembered by his acts of kindness, his humor, and his love and care for his cat, “Smokey Joe”. He was a beautiful soul taken too soon and will surely be missed by many.

The family will receive visitors for an “in car” Celebration of Life conducted by George Larue at 12 Noon on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Faith Wesleyan Chapel (Fort Lewis Lion’s Club). The family wishes to adhere to state guidelines regarding COVID-19; condolences to the family are welcomed in groups of no more than 10 with proper PPE at the end of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Troy be made to the Roanoke Valley SPCA at

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  • Celebration Of Life

    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 12:00pm
    Faith Wesleyan Chapel / Fort Lewis Lions Club
    4379 Alleghany Drive
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor George Larue


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Jerry Dill

Posted at 01:02pm
Troy will be missed greatly in my remaining years as he and I had become good friends. It has been a wonderful to see how much his faith and knowledge of the scriptures has grown. He always loved people and wanted to help others . Often taken advantage of because of his generous nature, he did not hate those who hurt him, While having many handicaps, He still tried to help others.
TROY will be missed, he will be an inspiration to me and I hope to all who knew him to be more willing to do good to one another. I believe he rests in the bosom of the creator. --Jerry Dill

Michelle Parker

Posted at 01:46pm
I will never forget the first night I met Troy. me and one of my exes were arguing and I had come to my mom's house and him and his dad were there and I was trying to tell my mom what was going on and Troy overheard and asked me if I had ever learned how to throw knives or use nunchucks and he said that'll be quick to take care of them and that night he taught me how to throw knives and use nunchucks. Troy was so friendly and he gave me and my mom a place to stay one time when things had hit the fan I'll never forget he was always good to everyone couldn't turn nobody away he will be missed post


Posted at 08:43pm
Troy was my very special nephew; I know he always knew it as I often told him. He had the biggest heart and did so much to help others. I loved his sense of humor, we shared many laughs together. Troy will always have a special place in my heart. He was so precious to me, I loved him so much and will miss him dearly.
His aunt, Sue Lee
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
Psalms 23:4, 6 (NKJV)
Psalmist assures us that wherever we are, God is with us and we are with God. Not only is God with Troy, but he was comforted by God’s loving presence, the rod and staff of love and peace. Had he made it through the valley of the shadow of death lets us know that Troy will not linger in death but will pass through it into another dimension of existence. The process of dying then becomes one of making a transition from this dimension to the next; before it is a transition and not an end whatever plane of existence Troy has moved onto, he is not in pain, not afraid; he is comforted and surrounded by God’s love and peace.
Verse 6 tells us “Goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.” The question for some of us becomes what about life after death? Will goodness and mercy follow Troy into the next dimension? If we embrace Psalm 23 we can rest assured God’s presence never ends, and where God is, there is life.
Verse 6 ends this powerful prayer: “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Since Troy is not with us physically, it may be comforting to know he is in the house of the Lord. We can fill the void in our hearts that wants to do something by praying for a peaceful walk into the light, into another dimension of God’s care and keeping.
In the process, we will learn what is ours to know from this side of the experience. Through prayer, we have the opportunity to discover that our connection with Troy is not lost but altered toward greater spiritual understanding, personal growth, and the realization of unending love. As we heal through our own grief, we gain the end sight that love “…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
“Troy, we give thanks to God for a peaceful transition, a healing transition, a spiritual walk into the light of everlasting, divine love. Envision a white light surrounding Troy as healing light. Know that on the soul level, whatever healing needs to take place is done.”
“Dear Troy, The Lord God is your shepherd; you shall never again want for anything. You now rest in green pastures of eternal love. You are guided on a journey near the still waters of perfect peace, and your soul is restored to wholeness. Your walk into the light confirms for you that God is everywhere present; you are not alone or lonely. Even though you walk through what you once believed was a dark valley called death, you have no fear; now you walk in the light of truth. You feel the rod and staff of love and peace upon your spirit and discover the comfort of true eternal bliss.”
“Dear Troy, I rejoice with you for the goodness and mercy that enfolds you now and throughout eternity. I find my own personal joy and comfort in knowing you dwell in the consciousness of eternal love now and forever. Amen!”
Credit given to Charline E. Manuel from her book “Pray Up Your Life”


Marcia Vincent

Posted at 08:35am
Troy was a sweet soul. I will miss his hugs and his laugh
May God comfort his family.

Christina Blankenship

Posted at 07:51pm
My names Chrissy, I remember going to the movies and to the mall with Troy and doing a lot of enjoyable fun things with him during his life. He would always call my miniature Chihuahua who I named Choochy Marie Sanchez, but TROY would always call her Choo Choo Train. I’m gonna miss you TROY but in my heart I know you’re in Heaven with Jesus now and we will see you again someday. Love ❤️♥️ You always and forever, your best friend and sister. Chrissy Blankenship

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