SHELBY-Mr. Willard Ray Blanton, 59, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Hospice of Cleveland County at Wendover.
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A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late J.Y. Blanton and Ola Bingham Blanton.
He worked as a truck driver for most of his life and had also served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Blanton loved fishing, working on lawn mowers, gardening and being outside.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Blanton and Mary Mode; and one brother-in-law, Robert Moore.
He is survived by his son, Curtis Blanton and wife Cindy of Mooresboro; one daughter, Sheila Pruett and husband Daniel of Mooresboro; two sisters, Sarah "Lib" Moore of Earl, and Susie Honeyman and husband Harold of Shelby; one brother, David Blanton and wife Christina of Shelby; and three grandchildren, Robert Pete Blanton, Dylan Ray Pruett and Mason James Pruett. He was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cleveland Funeral Services and Crematory. Family headquarters is at 812 Sandy Run Church Road, Mooresboro.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel
Officiated By: The Rev. Buddy Morehead
Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral Home: Cleveland Funeral Services and Crematory is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, N.C. 28150
Online Condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star on February 12, 2013