Community Memorial Service Set for Corning Teen
Much of Clay County, and the Corning School District, remains in mourning today following the loss of a popular teen from the community in a weekend traffic accident. Hannah Marie Blankenship, 16, was killed Sunday afternoon in a two vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 62, east of Corning.
A sophomore at CHS, Blankenship was an active student and member of the Lady Bobcat basketball team and the FFA chapter. She also competed in a variety of pageants in the region, enjoying success.
The Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash report indicated the accident occurred at 2:06 p.m. Sunday as Blankenship was driving a 2011 GMC Sierra westbound. The narrative indicated her vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane of travel and struck a 2018 International head-on.
As of Tuesday, the ASP had not identified either driver on the accident report although it did indicate the second driver was injured. The report further noted conditions were cloudy, and the pavement wet, at the time of the crash. Handling the investigation was Trooper Jarrod M. Lyerly of the Arkansas State Police.
A community celebration of life for Blankenship will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Corning High School gymnasium. Funeral services will follow at noon, with burial in the New Hope Cemetery, Pollard. Arrangements are being handled by Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hearts4Rescue, Poplar Bluff, Mo., or to the Hannah Blankenship Memorial Scholarship Fund, accepted at all First National Bank branches in Northeast Arkansas. The fund will serve to award a scholarship annually to a young woman entering the field of agriculture.