SHELBY-Billy Odell Blanton, 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday April 3, 2013.
Born in Lincoln County on Oct. 14, 1932, he was the son of the late Charles Pryor and Bertha Pruett Blanton.
He served in the U.S. Army, serving one year in Korea. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Blanton Rogers, and Arzie Blanton Rogers; two half-sisters, Sue Turner Barkley and Janie Turner Morrison; and a granddaughter, Melea Ann Davis.
Mr. Blanton is survived by his wife, Shannon Mauney Blanton; a daughter, Beth Blanton Godfrey and husband Ernie; a brother, Jimmy Blanton Sr.; his beloved grandchildren, Mandi Davis Baker and husband Drew, Justin Davis and Logan Davis; great-grandchildren, Weston and Nolan Baker, Carson Davis; two step-grandchildren, Sarah Godfrey Lynn and husband Cory, and Leanna Godfrey Vance and husband Aaron; and three step-great-grandchildren, Tanner and Hailey Vance and Ezra Lynn.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. an hour before the service, and at other times at the home.
Funeral Service: 12 p.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church
Officiated By: Drs. Timothy Sims and J. M. Ezell
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park, following the service
Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Blanton
Memorials: May be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 606 S. DeKalb Street, Shelby, N.C. 28150
A guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com