He was born October 8, 1928, to Leonard J. and Velma Cobb, in Reagan, Texas. He was raised in Texas and later moved to California and joined the United States Air Force Air Corp on April 16, 1946, at Santa Ana, California, and served until March 21, 1949. On August 11, 1949, he re-enlisted in the United States Army at Los Angeles, California, and served during the Korean War. On February 18, 1963, he was honorably discharged and had attained the rank of SFC. Among the medals he received were: Korean Service, United Nations Service, National Defense Service, Marksman (Carbine), Good Conduct, and Marksman (Rifle). He married Pauline Rushin Blankenship on March 28, 1964, in Reno, Nevada. He moved to Vernon, Texas, in 1964, and was the owner/operator of the Vernon Truck Stop. He also owned and operated several restaurants and truck stops across the country including Alvord, Texas, and then he retired and moved to Davidson in 1987. He was an entrepreneur and an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, and one sister. He is survived by three sons: Jesse Blankenship and Merlyn, of Kimberling, Missouri, Daniel Blankenship and Sheila, of Davidson, Oklahoma, and Curtis Cobb, of Davidson, Oklahoma; one daughter: Susan Mosco, of Houston, Texas; twenty grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.