BLANFORD, III, George Thomas of Tampa, Florida, went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2013. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on June 4, 1921, he graduated in the class of 1942-43 from the College of William and Mary, joined the US Navy, and attended Midshipmen's School at Northwestern University. He served in combat at Saipan and Tinian as skipper of a LCC (Landing Craft Control) boat and later as commanding officer of the reserve surface division in Gainesville, Florida. After active Naval service, he attended law school at William and Mary, where he met Nancy Holland, to whom he was married for sixty-three years. He was employed by the National Gypsum Company for twenty-seven years in Gainesville and Tampa, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Fort Worth, Texas. Upon moving to Tampa in 1961, they joined Palma Ceia United Methodist Church. He and his family were active members; George served on many committees, and especially enjoyed chairing the Men's Club Pancake Marathon for many years. He is survived by wife, Nancy Holland Blanford, and four children, Anne White, Meredith Blanford, Tommy Blanford, and Martha Carr, as well as his eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to LifePath Hospice or to Palma Ceia United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March fourth at 1:00 p.m. at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church.
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Published in TBO.com on Mar. 4, 2013