Maurice W. Blankenship, Sr., passed away from this life on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. He was born July 12, 1936 in Bedford County, a son of the late Herbert E. Blankenship, Sr. and Jessie Abbott Blankenship. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Adrian and Herbert, Jr., and three sisters, Marion, Jean and Anne. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Rosie Carte Blankenship; his sons, Larry and Maurice, Jr.; daughter, Debbie; his granddaughters, Talia, Allison and Cheyanna; grandson, Tyler; great grandson, Bryson; sister-in-law, Dot as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks to Dr. Brandon Cox for all of the good care he gave to Maurice over the years. A funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Quaker Baptist Church with Rev. David Timma and Rev. Wayne Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.