In Memory of



Obituary for Ronnie Blankenship

Ronnie Blankenship was born in Roanoke, VA in 1964 to the late Malcolm Wayne Blankenship and Patricia Sue Bush Blankenship of Roanoke. Husband to Pamela Jean Webb Blankenship and father to Mitchell Webb Blankenship, brother Bo Blankenship, sister-in-law Libby Oechsli Blankenship, nephews Tyler James Blankenship (Soni) and Lucas Oechsli Blankenship, sister-in-law Tina Webb, mother-in-law Rachel Webb, and many more loving uncles, aunts and cousins. 

Ronnie’s very recent, and most proud recognition was by the American Culinary Federation president for Ronnie’s time, talents, and contributions to the organization.  He will be recognized In July, in Arizona, at the ACF National Convention where he will receive an award, the American Culinary Federation’s Presidential Medallion.

A graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Ronnie got his Bachelor of Arts from Ferrum College, Nutritional Science from University of Florida, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional, Certified Food Protection Manager, Food Management Professional, HACCP Certified, Accredited Culinary Evaluator, CRM Proctor,  ServSafe instructor/ proctor, Career Studies Professor and Dietitian. He worked for over 45 years in Culinary Arts and Food Service, held positions on the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter Board, and was the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter Vice President in 2011. Ronnie was a member of the National Ice Carvers Association, the World Association of Chefs and the Association of food professionals and nutritionist.  He had an extremely notable culinary career which included Executive Chef at the famous Library Restaurant in Roanoke during the 1980’s, worked at world famous area resorts including The Homestead, Greenbrier, Snowshoe, and seasonally at Nags Head, NC, before settling down in Roanoke and starting a hospitality consulting firm, Crescent Creek Consulting, where he made many friends and was affiliated with many great restaurants, hotels and country clubs throughout the United States. Ronnie helping young careers, more recently working with young culinary enthusiasts and young professionals at Lynchburg Parks and Recreation and Central Virginia Community College. He was also recognized for Ice Sculptures throughout Virginia.

Ronnie was equally notable as an area musician as he was the youngest musician to ever record at the great Harold Thompson’s local recording studio Threshold Recording. He played drums with Kelley’s Music founder Richard Kelley in Foremost and Goldust. He made appearances on the Ryman Auditorium Stage, colosseums and state fairs. As a drummer, he played in many bands and national acts, including:  Czar, Ocean, Alpha Centauri, Eye of the Storm, Blind Rhino, Brotherhood, Prime-Time, T-Bone Jones, Rapid Transit, Backroads Band, Nashville Showman, Crypto Cats Band and many others including the Patrick Henry High School Band of Gold, the choir band, Pep Band and the jazz band in high school and college. Also, noted for Blues Guitar performances, guitar at Relay for Life events and piano and guitar for special church events throughout the area. Ronnie was a man of many artistic talents including Ice Carver, landscape painter, and poet.  He was a proud supporter of Relay for Life and Kiwanis International.  Thanks to all friends and family.

Ronnie’s wife, Pam, and family will receive guests at First Church of God from 12pm – 2pm Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 5008 Hildebrand Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.  Funeral services immediately following at 2pm.  Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The funeral service will be live streamed on Facebook at Roanoke First Church of God.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to please donate to Pam and Ronnie’s church, First Church of God, where they both and Mitch have been very active and will continue to be hereafter.

Please call and leave a message for donations: (540) 366-2653