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Sheila Lynn Blanks / July 09, 2018

Sheila Lynn Blanks of Cowford Road, Halifax, died Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the age of 57. Born in South Boston on Aug. 5, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Joyce Dunn Blanks and Dennis Lavelton Blanks Sr. and wife, Lisa. Sheila also leaves behind her lifetime partner, Janice Glasscock.

Sheila was a member of Ash Avenue Baptist Church and a mental health aide at the group home for mentally challenged. She was passionate about life and animals, especially birds and loved her family.

In addition to her father and step-mother, she is survived by her brothers and sisters, Donna Blanks and fiancé, Kim Crews, Denise Throckmorton and husband Darrell, Dennis Blanks Jr, Melissa Clarke and husband, Tyler and John Blanks; daughter, Kelly Smith and husband, James and Kimberly Glasscock; grandchildren, Bryce Fuller, Brayden Fuller, Brennan Mitchell, A.J. Smith and Ashlynn Smith and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Myrtle and James Dunn and John and Annie Blanks.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 4 at 11 a.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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