Tom Blankenship

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Tom Blankenship, 77, of Chalk Bluff, passed away Monday, March 6th.

Funeral Service: 11AM Thursday, March 9th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marvin Donnell officiating. Burial will follow at Moody Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service.

Tom was born July 22, 1939 in Temple to Thomas J. and Winnie Mae (Bishop) Blankenship. He graduated from Temple High School in 1957 as class Valedictorian. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1962 and went to work for Humble Pipeline, which later became Exxon Oil. He worked as an Electrical Engineering instructor at TSTI for over 20 years. Tom then received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1985 from Baylor Law School and began practicing law in 1986. Tom loved playing football, basketball, baseball and track in high school. He liked to fish and hunt. He was an avid fan of the Baylor men and women’s Basketball programs. His favorite pastime was gardening.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Charlotte (Tucker) Blankenship; and son, Randy Blankenship.

Survivors include his companion, Gail Williams of Chalk Bluff; daughters, Debbie Hooten of Edmond, OK, and Diana Gamboa of Waco; five grandchildren, Joshua and wife Erin, Josiah, Jacob, Kayle, and Justice; sister, June Summers of Crawford; beloved pets, OK, Bouquet, Tabitha and Missy; and numerous other relatives.

The family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to Baylor Scott & White Hospitals in Temple and Waco, along with CHF Office in Waco, especially Melissa Carranza and Staff.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. John Copeland

    We met Tom shortly after moving to Waco in the early eighties and developed a friendship that became long lasting. Although there were periods without any contact it was fortunate that Ruby & I were able to see and visit with Tom recently. Achieving a degree in law provided Tom with the ability to defend and assist others (many times without any compensation) which made him a hero to some and an enemy to others but he had strong feelings about others being wronged. It was an honor to know Tom and call him a friend. Our condolences to those that loved him.

  2. Glynnis Gaines

    I am so very sorry for your loss. i will keep you in my prayers and hope that you find comfort during this very difficult time.

  3. Jackie smithson

    Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for you and your family. Jackie Smithson

    • Debbie - Eldest Daughter of Tom

      Thank you, Jackie. We are thankful to all those who are lifting up prayers on our behalf and appreciate your kindness to take time to show your care.

  4. Randy & Denise (Niles) Ragsdale

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  5. Jerry & Jessica Hutyra

    Our sincere condolences.

  6. To the family, I’m so sorry for your lost. Everyone goes through this everyday sadly. But, there is a future hope for families and their dead loved ones.
    Here is a scripture at Revelation 21; 3-5 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of god is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And god himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

    May the god of all comfort be with you and your family 🙂

  7. Debbie, Diana and Family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of the times I interacted with your family when I hung out with your brother while in high school. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Laura Havard McMaster

    We are so sorry; our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Laura (Havard) McMaster and family

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