KESHA NICOLE BLANKENSHIP, 32, born July 14, 1988, passed away May 17, 2021 after a long battle with mental illness. Kesha attended Spring Valley High School and Alderson Broadus College on a full scholarship. She was extremely musically and artistically inclined. She worked as a server at Jim’s Spaghetti and Steak House in Huntington, and considered them her second family. They cannot be thanked enough for loving her so.
She is survived by her son Jude Ransom Blankenship; her mother Tina Blankenship; her brother J.D. Laney, all of Lavalette, W.Va.; and two sisters, Lena Ansberry of Fla., and McCartney Compton of Tenn. Also surviving are her maternal grandparents who helped raise her, Dexel and Wanda Blankenship of Lavalette; her biological father, John (Sara) Compton of Tenn.; special friend Ryan Macri who loved her unconditionally; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousin, and friends.
Visitation will begin at noon, Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home. Procession will depart the funeral home at 2 p.m. for graveside services at Dock’s Creek Cemetery with Brother Jerry Ross officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Kesha.
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