Kathy P. Blasingame – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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KathyKathy P. Blasingame

Our darling Kathy passed away on Sept. 30, 2013, at the age of 53. She was the second youngest of twelve children. Kathy graduated from Russellville High School, attended Auburn and earned a nursing degree from UNA and Masters of Science in Nursing (nurse practitioner) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Kathy was a family nurse practitioner in Franklin and Colbert Counties for 18 years. Kathy was known for her cheerful personality and for her caring for others. If you went to Kathy for medical treatment and came in without a smile, she gave you one before you left. She genuinely cared for her patients and loved her vocation.

God blessed Kathy with a huge capacity to love and she demonstrated it by purchasing clothes and Christmas toys for her less fortunate patients and their families, giving free medical care to those who could not pay and finding less expensive medical alternatives for her patients.

Kathy was preceded in death by father and mother, Claude and Margaret Potter (whom Kathy cared for in her home during their failing health); brother, Leon Potter; and sisters, Marie Alexander and Linda Robledo. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ernie Blasingame (who lovingly called her “Kat”); sisters, Mavis Snider (Tommy), Carolyn Mitchell (O.D.), Faye McFarland, Jo Ann Pounders (Charles) and Rita Pennington; brothers, Dwane Potter (Lynda), Jimmy Potter (Lynda) and Mike Potter (Ginger); stepdaughter, Christy Blasingame Duncan (Tim); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 16241 Highway 43, Russellville, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officiating will be Brother Jim Lumpkin and Pastor Dwight Wilson. Burial will be in Cherry Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Kathy loved children and animals (any type). At one time she had six “fur babies” that did not know they were dogs. Recently, a stray cat moved into her garage and she furnished “Molly” room and board.

In lieu of flowers that wilt away, please no potted plants, please make a lasting memorial donation to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), 2701 Mall Road, PMB 277, Florence, AL 35630.

Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, will be directing.


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