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Doris Arlene Bell Blanton, 90, of Hampstead, passed away on January 11, 2013, at Woodbury Wellness & Rehabilitation.

Born in Wilmington, on February 21, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Harry Love and Flossie Morton Bell. In her younger years, she worked as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell and later worked as a bookkeeper for Maco Fertilizer. She and her husband were the owners/operators of D.B. Blanton Construction in Wilmington for many years before moving to Hampstead where they opened Hilltop Grocery and ran it for 21 years. She was a member of Blake's Chapel Advent Christian Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Richardson (Anthony) and Joannah "Annah Kay" Royal (Rodney); two grandsons, Buddy Justice (Paula), and Randy Royal (Ashley), all of Hampstead; 3 great-grandchildren, Stevie Justice, Kaydin and Gage Royal Royal; 3 step-grandchildren, Jeanette Royal, Rodney Royal, Jr. all of Hampstead, and Rhonda Laudone of Soddy Daily, TN; special niece, Mary Voorhees of Wilmington; special great-niece Charlotte Karnopp of Wilmington; and 4 step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Horace W. Blanton; and two sisters, Mary Lee Marshburn and Kathryn Jamison.

A memorial service will be 11:00 am on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Blake's Chapel Advent Christian Church in Hampstead with Reverends Steve Spearing and Buddy Dowd officiating.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blake's Chapel Advent Christian Church choir; 88 Blake's Chapel Road, Hampstead, NC 28443 or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter; 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Staff of Woodbury Wellness for their loving care for Mrs. Blanton during her stay at their facility.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

Online condolences at

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013
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