BLANTON, MICHAEL (MIKE) WARD - age 57, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, June 5th, following an extended illness. He proudly served in the Navy. He was preceded in death by parents, Jack and Helen Blanton; and brother, Eddie Blanton. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna Blanton; and son, Byron Blanton; sisters, Linda Ahlgrim (Larry), and Jackie Theg; sister-in-law, Joanna Blanton; nieces and nephews, Molly Van Cleve (Eric), and Dylan Theg (Lacey); and great niece, Harper Theg; and life-long friend, Randy Vaden. Family and friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Friday, June 13, at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Gov. John Sevier Highway, for a 1:30 graveside service with full military honors.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 12 to June 13, 2014