Thelma Tipton

Thelma G. Blankenship Tipton, 84, of Frankford, WV, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, WV.

Born July 4, 1933, at Renick, WV, she was the daughter of Lonzo and Rhoda Lillian Workman Blankenship.

Thelma retired from Kellwood and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James "Orval" Tipton; brothers, Harley and Alva Blankenship; and a sister, Glenna Blankenship.

Survivors include two sons, James Buster Tipton and wife, Becky, and Ronnie Tipton and wife, Teresa, all of Frankford; daughters, Wilma Tipton and Alvin Reneau of Dandridge, TN, Lillian Hammons and husband, Roger, of Frankford, and Peggy Smailes and husband, Charlie, of Marlinton, WV; brothers, James Blankenship and wife, Phyllis, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, Lloyd Blankenship of Frankford, and Bradford Blankenship and wife, Frances, of Pennsylvania; sisters, Irene George and husband, Sam, of White Sulphur Springs, Arella Underwood and husband, Bob, of Frankford, and Mary Harless and husband, Melvin, of White Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Amanda Tipton and husband, Mario Erazo, Annie Tipton, Ben Tipton, Lacy and Levi Hammons, and Alexia "Turtle" Tipton; great-grandchildren, Matteo and Nina Erazo; and a sister-in-law, Leula Blankenship.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018, at Enon Baptist Church in Frankford, with Pastor Steve Barnette and Pastor Michael McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 5–7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Morgan Funeral Home, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at

Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary originally published in the March 5, 2018 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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