Mr. John “Big John” Blankenship, age 70, of Buford, GA passed away on March 28, 2005. He was preceded in death by his son, William Ray Blankenship. Surviving are: Former Wife: Dottie Blankenship Burney, Cumming, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Dale and Sheila Blankenship, Braselton, GA; Three Grandchildren; Two Great Grandchildren; Sisters: Lois B. Stewart, Sugar Hill, GA; Barbara F. Ramey, Dawsonville, GA; Brother: Otis Kenneth Blankenship, Sugar Hill, GA; Nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Blankenship was a native of Buford, GA. He was a retired plumber and was of the Baptist Faith. Funeral service will be on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Campbell officiating. Interment in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Sugar Hill, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by: Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.flaniganfuneralhome.com