James Blanton

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July 21, 2017 Jesus came for James Larry Blanton to take him to his mansion Jesus had prepared for him. Jim was born on September 20, 1936 in Atmore, Alabama and surrendered his life to Christ in September 1979; faithfully serving Him every day since. He was baptized at Mims Baptist Church and served as a deacon, class department leader, and on several committees for the church. During the 1980's, he was well loved as a bus driver for the LLL Seniors as they made many trips around Texas and Louisiana. Following in his father's footsteps, Jim served in the Gideon ministry since 1982 in many different camp offices. He served 3 years on the Alabama State Gideon Cabinet as Area Director, and most recently was chairman of the GideonCard Bible program for the Conroe Camp. Jim and his wife of 61 years have participated in numerous church building mission trips in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kentucky. They also served as voluntary missionaries for the IMB at the Spanish Language Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica at various times between 1997 and 2001. Other mission work includes trips to Honduras, Panama, and Dominican Republic. The most recent trips were house to house sharing Jesus with the people of Rwanda, Benin, and Brazil with the International Commission. He joined the US Air Force in 1955 and served for 4 years. Jim began his career as an air traffic controller in 1959 and transferred to several control centers before moving to Conroe in 1965 with the Houston ARTCC where he worked until 1979. He was co-owner of Monco Motors from 1968 until 1977 with his friend Dale Hamby. He and Dale continued as partners in real estate and 3 other small businesses. During this time, Jim was an active member in Lions Club International for 15 years. In 1980, he opened City Auto Sales of Conroe, and sold used cars until 1995 when he closed it down to move back to Alabama to help care for his ailing father. Jim and Kathy returned to Texas in 2009 and reside in Texas National Subdivision out of Willis. Jim is preceded in death by his parents LJ and Nell Blanton, a sister Fay Blanton, granddaughter Katie Jean Jolly, and grandson in law James Abell. He leaves behind to cherish his memories: his wife Kathy (Kat) Blanton, Son Randy (Gracie) Blanton, Daughters Vicki Musgrove, and Donna (Greg) Jolly. Grandchildren: Chad (Kelly) Musgrove, Mallary (Alvin) Brown, Carrie (Doug) Downing, Amy Abell, Bethany (Corey) Diamond, Amanda Blanton, Ryan (Brandy) Jolly, Beau (Leah) Jolly. Great Grand Children were so very special to Jim aka Pawpaw. Jackson Cater, Jefferson, Harper, Faith and Katie Downing; Maddie and Molly Musgrove; Ian, Seth, and Mila Brown; Preston Blanton; Wyatt, KayAnna, and Luke Jolly; Lyla and Bryce Jolly. Brothers, Ronnie (Melinda) Blanton - Mexia, Alabama, Darrell (Sharon) Blanton - Fernandia Beach, Florida and sister, Greta Blanton - Ocala, Florida, brother-in-law, Fred (Gloria) Huggins - Foley, Alabama and sister-in-law Imogene (Gary) Caldwell - Grove Hill, Alabama. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am at Mims Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas. Funeral services will be held July 29, 2017 at 11:00am at Mims Baptist Church with burial following in Conroe Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chad Musgrove, Alvin Brown, Doug Downing, Corey Diamond, Ryan Jolly and Beau Jolly. Honorary pallbearers will be Gideon & Auxiliary Members and Mims Adult 7D Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Jim Blanton's name to Gideon's International, PO Box 3522 Conroe, Texas 77305 or online at gideons.org., so that in his death God's Word goes out to the lost! Romans 10:9. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written tributes to the family at cashnerconroe.com


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Published on yourconroenews.com from July 22 to Aug. 6, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
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