DATELINE: KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
Howard Gene Blanton Howard Gene Blanton, 84, died on August 17, 2019 at the Testa Family Hospice House. Howard was born July 4, 1935 in Kings Mountain, NC to the late J. Wiley and Aquillia Bell Blanton. Howard was also preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lois; his son, Timmons Rohe Blanton; two brothers, the Reverend Demauth Blanton and twin brother, Harold Blanton. Howard served over twenty-two years in service to his country, NC National Guard and twenty years active duty with the US Navy, serving over 12 years in the submarine service. Upon retirerment from the US Navy, he worked for Cooper Kenworth Truck Sales and Service in Durham, NC. While in Durham, he served as Assistant Scout and Cub Master of Troup 423. He was a member of the El Bethel United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain, NC.
SURVIVORS: 1 daughter: Lori and Charles Cruse, Raleigh, NC; Four: grandchldren: Travis Cruse, Dylan, Cruse, and Grayson Cruse, all of Raleigh, NC; Bethany Smith (Zach), Dalton, GA; 3 sisters-in-laws: Dixie Blanton and Bea Blanton; Barbara Hawkins (Garth), Kings Mtn., NC
MEMORIAL SERVICE: The family will have a private memorial service at a later date
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice
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ARRANGEMENTS: HARRIS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA