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John Paul Blanks, 87
John Paul Blanks

John Paul Blanks, 87, a McMinnville resident and Warren County native, was born March 25, 1934 and died July 20 at Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital following a brief illness.

He was the son of the late James C. and Pearl Gaither Blanks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife Gladys Marie Bouldin Blanks, stepmother Carrie Mayes Blanks, twin brother James Lon Blanks, sisters Martha Blanks and Polly Blanks, sisters-in-law Bessie Smithson, and Sandra Bouldin, and brothers-in-law Winford Bouldin, James Bouldin, D.L. Bouldin, A.P. Bouldin, and Jack Smithson.

Mr. Blanks is survived by sisters, Dean Maxwell, and Nancy (Bobby) Lusk, sisters-in-law Eva Sue Bouldin, Christine Bouldin, Catherine Foreman, and Jimmie Blanks, brother-in-law Carl (Marcia) Bouldin, and special family members, Howard Mayes, and Betty Jo Walker. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins also survive.

John was a longtime member at North Hamilton Church of Christ in Chattanooga and was currently a member of Rockliff Church of Christ in McMinnville. He was retired from Dupont Corp. in Chattanooga. Active pall bearers will be Jameson Bouldin, Justin Bouldin, Adam Bouldin, Davey Bouldin, Jarrod Underhill, Eric Walker, and Daniel Walker. Honorary pall bearers will be the men of North Hamilton Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gospel of Christ or North Hamilton Church of Christ building fund.

Funeral service and interment will be held Tuesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at High’s Chapel with David Smith, Mike Bouldin, and Bill Boyd officiating. Burial will follow at Bascom Cemetery in Warren County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 25, 2021