Dr. Matthew Alan Blankenship changed his residence to heaven Monday, September 27, 2021. He joined his brother Dr. Nathan Keith Blankenship, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blankenship of North Wilkesboro, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cabe of Wilkesboro, and his Uncle and Aunt Sammy and Janette Cabe of Lenoir.
Dr. Matthew was born June 1, 1973 in Statesville, N.C. He attended Mulberry Street School and was a graduate of Statesville High School. He then went to Appalachian State University and upon graduation attended Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, GA where he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He returned home to Statesville and joined his father Dr. Radford Blankenship in practice for twenty-one years. His brother, Dr. Nathan joined them for ten years in the clinic. Matthew was a member of First Baptist Church, Troutman Baptist Church, and Landmark Church of God.
Dr. Matthew is survived by his parents Drs. Radford and Martha Blankenship, his loving wife Brandie, and his precious daughter, Sailor Josephine. He is also survived by his awesome niece Hanna, that he and Brandie help raise, His Uncle and Aunt, Dr. Mike and Rhonda Blankenship and his cousins Dr. and Mrs. Michael Blankenship, and Attorney Amelia Blankenship.
Dr. Matthew was multi-talented. He and his brother had their own band in high school and at ASU. He played the drums, guitar, piano and sang. He loved fishing, hunting, and talking with his patients about life and their stories. He was a mentor to many of his daughter’s friends. He had a gentle spirit, a giving heart, and to know him was to love him.
Our Sorrow is great, but God’s grace and mercy endures forever. We will be eternally grateful for the 48 years God shared Matthew with all of us. We named him Matthew meaning “gift of God” and he truly was. Matthew’s reunion with his Lord and all his family in heaven gives us all great comfort so we can say “It Is Well with Our Soul”.
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