Sam Blankenship Memorial
After battling with Leukemia since 2008, Sam Blankenship passed away this past Sunday evening, July 3, 2011 at age 39. Sam, his wife Jackie, and his two daughters moved to Colorado Springs in 2003. He and his wife both attended Nazarene Bible College on campus and instantly became part of our family. He loved to hike, fish, paint, quilt, and most importantly spend time with his family. One NBC staff member said, "The Blankenship family has blessed our college with their love and support for many years, and we will always continue to do the same for them."
The funeral service was held in Strickland Chapel on Thursday, July 7. The room proudly displayed Sam's Irish heritage and listening to the bagpipes echoing in the chapel gave a surprising feeling of peace that was particularly special. People from all over came to say goodbye and pass along their condolences to the family.
Sam had a one of a kind personality, he even wanted to attend his own funeral so he could correct the stories told to match his recollection. He was always one to have a good time and because of his contagious smile and personality, those around him did as well. He was so clearly loved by many and as we reminisced about his time here, not a single person could help but smile at the joy he brought. Sam will forever be an important part of NBC and will never be forgotten. Just as his closest friends and family said, that was Sam.
Filed Under: Blog Published: 07/08/2011