Cheryl Blankinship lived a quiet life but left a significant impact.
By Dan Huth
[Writer’s Note: Over the years I gained Cheryl's confidence, became her friend. She was able to express herself more clearly using a keyboard than in person, and often shared her thoughts in e-mails. Sensing something special about this person, I saved these e-mails, which now enrich this article with her own voice.]
Cheryl Blankinship didn't have a car, and would only reluctantly ask friends to take her shopping. When she did leave her run down double-wide for a shopping trip, she'd split her list between Fred’s and Sav-A-Lot, letting a few cents savings determine where to make each purchase. Then she'd shuffle through wrinkled coupons, wrenching every last drop from every last penny—squeezing a nickel until the proverbial buffalo howled. Her wardrobe came from the Community Thrift Store.
And she gave over $700,000 to Pickens County charities.
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