John Manning Blanton

April 11, 1939 - May 15, 2012

04/11/1939 - 05/15/2012

Past Services

Saturday May 19, 2012
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
8286929188 | Directions

John Manning Blanton, Sr., 73, of Saluda, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. A native of Henderson County, he lived in Stedman, NC prior to moving to Saluda in 2000. He was the son of the late John William Lester Blanton and Leona Elizabeth Pace Middleton. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Earl Middleton; a daughter, Amanda Christine Blanton; a granddaughter, Teresa Taylor; and a great-granddaughter, Tyra Elliott.

He was a truck driver with Sears, Thurston Motor Lines, Bowman Transportation,and Roadway Express, receiving many Safety Driving awards before retiring from Roadway Express. He was a volunteer fireman with Bethany Fire Department in Stedman for many years. He was a member of Mountain Page Baptist Church for many years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and an excellent mechanic. He loved racing cars, enjoyed gardening and canning, and was a lover of animals and nature. He enjoyed doing for others without the expectations of anything in return. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his loving and faithful wife of fifty-one years, Judy Sumner Blanton; a son, John Manning Blanton, Jr. of Smithfield, NC; four daughters, Kimberlee Taylor of Wade, NC, Karen Culbreth of Stedman, NC, Joy Pridgen of Fayetteville, NC, Beth Cuevas of Hope Mills, NC; eight grandchildren, Tara Huggins, Timothy Huggins, Gary Taylor, Jr., Allison Taylor, Amanda Blanton, Dillion Blanton, Miranda Lucas, and Logan Blanton; eleven great-grandchildren; and number of nieces and nephews; and most dedicated friend, Steven Ray Smith of Saluda.

A funeral will be at 11am Saturday in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Chaplain Alan Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain Page Baptist Church Cemetery in Saluda. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11am prior to the service in the chapel.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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Benny & Lyn Autry
8 years ago

Mr. Blanton was a very nice man – we have not seen him since he relocated from Bethany (Stedman NC). We sure have missed he and Judy. We have fond memories related to our Bethany Fire Dept.days. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Greene
8 years ago

Sorry for your loss. John was a good friend and will be truly missed

Chief Patrick Harris
8 years ago

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Smithfield Fire & EMS

Lisa Sessoms
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Sherry Evans
8 years ago

Dear Beth and family,

You have my deepest sympathy during this time. May you find peace and unspeakable joy in knowing that God will never put more on us than we can bear and that “it is well”. Your mother, you, your sisters, and your family are all in my prayers.


Sherry A. Evans

Hope Mills, NC

Debra Sessoms Christy
8 years ago

Sorry to hear about John. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kimberly Horne
8 years ago

Karen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Let me know if there is anything you need. So sorry for your loss.