January 18, 2023, 86, Mount Olive –
Shelton Alton Blanton, 86, passed away quietly early Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at his home on Bert Martin Road just outside of Mount Olive.
Mr. Blanton had served in the United States Army, had been a member of the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge 208 A.F. & A.M.., was a former leader of Mount Olive Cub Scouts troop, was a member of the Friends of the Parks in Mount Olive, and was a member of Mount Olive Presbyterian Church. Too, he was a member of the Wayne Shrine Club. He had been employed by the Town of Mount Olive in maintenance and special projects, and in the past, he was employed with Boling Co. and Georgia-Pacific Corp. Mr. Blanton was an ardent supporter of his fellowman with his generous blood donations.
Mr. Blanton is survived by his wife, Ann May Blanton, of the home; a son, Deems Shelton Blanton of Mount Olive; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan B. and Craig Jackson of Mount Olive, and Joy B. and Jimmy Bayles of Dudley; five grandchildren, Sebastian Jackson and wife, Brittany, Regan Jackson, Maygan Jackson, Martin Bayles, and Benjamin Bayles; great-grandchildren, Cason Jackson, and Grace Brown; two brothers, Dempsey Blanton, and wife, Merry, of Florida, and Arnold Blanton and wife, Edythe, of Dudley; and three sisters, Lucy Jeffreys of Greenville, Meriel Levy of Mount Olive, and Margaret Blanton of Mount Olive; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Edward Blanton and Sadie Hines Blanton; and a brother, Louis Blanton.
The family will receive friends Saturday, January 21, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Baker Fellowship Hall at Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. Officiating will be Dr. Bob Bardin. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery at which Masonic Burial Rites will be rendered.
Memorial gifts may be made to
Shriners Hospital for Children
950 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC 29605
Mount Olive Presbyterian Church
PO Box 158
Mount Olive, NC 28365