James Michael “Guitar Man” “Mike” Blankenship, age 60, of Columbiana, AL, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017. He was predeceased by his mother, Julia Christine Byars and brother, John Richard “Ricky” Blankenship. Mike retired from Southern Haulers in Calera, AL after more than 20 years of employment. His survivors include his best friends, Tommy and Sue Wells; niece, Donda Shaye Blankenship (Scott Grant); nephew, John Michael Blankenship (April); great nephews, Hunter Meader and Brayden Grant; sister-in-law, Nancy Blankenship. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.