BLANTON, Marion, Eldridge Jr., born October 27, 1915, died March 23, 2013, in Richmond, Va. He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte Eoline Turner Blanton; and his second wife, Martha Anna Keith Blanton; as well as by his parents, Marion E. Blanton and Josephine Moon Blanton, all of Tamworth, Cumberland County and Virginia; and his sister, Pauline Virginia Baskerville of Asheville, N.C. and Tamworth. He is survived by his sons, M. Eldridge Blanton III of Richmond, and Jackson L. Blanton of North Palm Beach, Fla.; as well as by his daughter-in-law, Dr. Erika M. Blanton; and his granddaughter, Charlotte Nicole Blanton (Jaimison D. Schellenger). He is also survived by three nephews, Charles Robins Baskerville Jr. (Catalina) of Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, William Frank Baskerville (Randy) of Charlottesville, and Richard Lee Baskerville (Barbara) of Decatur, Ga. Born at his family home, "Tamworth," near Cartersville, he attended Hamilton High School in Cumberland County and was graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of William and Mary in 1938, with majors in mathematics and chemistry. While at William and Mary, he lettered in track and field, rowed with the men's crew team, was a Dean's List student, was president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was president of the Men's Honor Council, was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, was aide to President John Stewart Bryan, was a member of the Order of the White Jackets and was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" for the class of 1938. Mr. Blanton served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Cloues in World War II and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in 1946. He returned home to a career that included farming, operating a general store, farm implement and feed business, operating "Muddy Creek Mills," owning and operating Blanton Funeral Home and serving as U.S. Postmaster at Tamworth. He was a Deacon in the Cartersville Baptist Church and a civic leader in numerous organizations in Cumberland County, including the Cartersville Ruritan Club, the Cartersville Volunteer Fire Department and the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Lodge No. 141, A. F. & A. M. Services will be at the Cartersville Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, with interment following at the Cartersville Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the Cartersville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall following the interment. Memorial donations may be made to the Cartersville Volunteer Fire Department or the Cartersville Baptist Church.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.