SHELBY- Ralph Mitchell Blanton, 88, of Shelby, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice.
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A native of Cleveland County, he is the son of the late Lucion and Sally Scruggs Blanton. Mr. Blanton worked as an electrician until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Blanton enjoyed spending his free time playing cards and checkers. He was a lifetime member of Flint Hill Baptist Church where he served in many different capacities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Pearson Blanton; son, Robert Mitchell Blanton; and son-in-law, Steve Matthew Blanton.
He is survived by his daughter, Gwen Blanton of Kings Mountain; four sisters, Ethel Ledbetter, Geneva Ledbetter, Grace Francis, all of Shelby, and Virginia Holland of Forest City; four grandchildren, Maria Hamrick and husband Scott, Randy Blanton, Brandon Blanton and wife B.J., and Marissa Blanton; five great-grandchildren, Jessica, Starr, Owen, Sadie and Riley; two great-great grandchildren, Noah and Ellie; daughter-in-law, Kathy Blanton Harris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Flint Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Flint Hill Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Revs. Shane Kirby and Keith Dixon
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral Home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory is serving the family
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Flint Hill Baptist Church, 2207 Flint Hill Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28152
Online Condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star on Nov. 11, 2013