SFC (Army Retired) Acie E. "Bill" Blanton
UNION, SC-- Mr. Acie Edwin "Bill" Blanton, age 81 widower of Nellie Waldrop Blanton, formerly of Union, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 18, 2013.
A native of Spartanburg, Mr. Blanton was born in Woodruff, May 24, 1932, a son of the late Joseph Franklin Blanton and Grace Leake Blanton Mason.
Mr. Blanton retired from the US Army
in 1971, having served most of his career with the 82nd Airborne Division. He served one tour of duty in Germany and one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. Some of his service awards include the Master Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star
, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal, four awards of the Army Good Conduct Medal along with many others. He had several letters of Commendation and letters of appreciation.
Mr. Blanton was member Mt. Joy Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Brother Hood Director and other offices in the church. He was a member and Past Master of the Mt. Joy Masonic Lodge # 203. He also was a member of the Vietnam Veteran
of America, Inc. Chapter No. 0644, and a member o the American Legion, Post # 0087 of Buffalo.
Mr. Blanton was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda B. Jolly of Union and her fiancee, Robert Lecroy of Pacolet; five grandchildren, Blake Varner and wife Lacey, Ashton Jolly Harris and husband Shane, Derek Jolly, Dustin Blanton and wife Stephanie and Daniel Blanton; three great-grandchildren, Natalie Harris, Kenny Blanton, and Bradein Teague; nieces and nephews, Robert M. "Bobby" Blanton, Jr., Lynn Blanton Newman, Melanie Blanton Teague, R.E. "Buddy" Gallman, III, Andrea Gallman Justice and Jeff Atkinson. Mr. Blanton was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Melvin Blanton, two sisters, Louise Jones and Ruth Blanton Cooper, and three brothers, Joseph "Skinny" Blanton, Leander Blanton, and Robert M. "Bob" Blanton, Sr.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Mt. Joy Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Alan West, Rev. Wayne Cooke and Rev. Dr. Robert M. "Bobby" Blanton, Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites and Full Military Honors.
Active pallbearers will be Jeff Atkinson, Trent Atkinson, R.E. "Buddy" Gallman, Jr., R.E. Gallman, IV, John Justice and Brent Whitener.
Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 3:00 PM at the church Wednesday prior to the services.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Joy Baptist Church, 657 Pea Ridge Hwy., Jonesville, SC 29353 or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 408 N. Duncan ByPass, Union, SC 29379.
The family will be at the home of his daughter, Linda B. Jolly, 6162 Union Hwy., Pacolet, SC.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.holcombefuneralhomes.com