ForeverMissed
This memorial was created for our brother, Dwayne Keith Blankenship, age 57, who died suddenly on January 28, 2021 while driving home from work in Knoxville from a suspected heart attack.

A native of Kingston Tennessee, Dwayne was the son of Archie and Evelyn Blankenship, both deceased, and the brother of Valerie, Dana and Elaine.

Dwayne was a long-time employee of Federal Express and a resident of Louisville,Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee and was an Air Force veteran who studied Russian in hopes of becoming an interpreter. 

People who knew Dwayne growing up recall him delivering GRIT Newspapers on his bike, mowing yards, and keeping honeybees in our backyard. But he is perhaps best remembered for his sense of humor.  He once described his pizza delivery job as “Working logistics for an international food distributor.” Dwayne loved to laugh, and almost everyone has a Dwayne “story.” Please share yours with us on this page!

Intelligent and inquisitive, Dwayne was a devout Christian, an avid reader, a hoarder of books, an early computer enthusiast and a great baker! Lucky were the many recipients of his homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies and pizzas. Always willing to help friends and strangers, Dwayne was a hard worker who had a kind word for everyone.

He is survived by sisters Valerie Hester and Elaine Marranzano of Knoxville, and Dana Blankenship of Kingston, as well as his nieces Jessica Burnett, Rachel Hester, and Molly Hester, all of Knoxville, and nephews Brent Byrd of Houston and Neil Metcalf of Knoxville.

In Dwayne’s honor, a tree will be planted at Southwest Point in Kingston where the Blankenship family spent summer evenings becoming the lightening bug-catching champions of East Tennessee. Donations in Dwayne’s name may be made to the Honeybee Conservancy, at: thebeeconservancy.org, or to any charity you wish in honor of Dwayne’s life.
Posted by Chase Harrell on March 1, 2021
Dwayne was always there when you needed a smile. He was a man who'd always have a joke, a new word you've never heard, or a piece of candy when you weren't feeling so hot. Dwayne's unending positivity made the work day much more bearable than it'd be otherwise. Glad we got the time we did, and I'll be reading a few of the books we suggested to each other soon. See you one day, Dwayne.
Posted by Jack Anthony on February 26, 2021
Dwayne was a the light that kept everyone smiling at fedex. He was always happy and willing to help others. Words can't Express the amount of positivity this man brought to so many. He deserved the world but would never ask for a thing. If I am able to wake up every day with a smile I my face like he did I will have won at life. And that's exactly what you did Dwayne. You won at life no matter the circumstances. I hope your up in the sky now eating lemon drops and smiling down upon us all. Gone but never forgotten. ❤

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Posted by Chase Harrell on March 1, 2021
Dwayne was always there when you needed a smile. He was a man who'd always have a joke, a new word you've never heard, or a piece of candy when you weren't feeling so hot. Dwayne's unending positivity made the work day much more bearable than it'd be otherwise. Glad we got the time we did, and I'll be reading a few of the books we suggested to each other soon. See you one day, Dwayne.
Posted by Jack Anthony on February 26, 2021
Dwayne was a the light that kept everyone smiling at fedex. He was always happy and willing to help others. Words can't Express the amount of positivity this man brought to so many. He deserved the world but would never ask for a thing. If I am able to wake up every day with a smile I my face like he did I will have won at life. And that's exactly what you did Dwayne. You won at life no matter the circumstances. I hope your up in the sky now eating lemon drops and smiling down upon us all. Gone but never forgotten. ❤
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