Robert F. Blanton
by Ruth Walsh
NEWS STORY: Denison Herald, Sept. 15, 1969
AREA WRECKS KILL THREE, HURT SEVEN
Three persons are dead in two separate weekend area accidents that
left seven persons injured and heavy property damage. // Two persons were
killed in a spectacular six-car collision at the entrance to the Twin City
Drive-In Theater early Sunday that tied up traffic for an hour. They
were Edna May Christian, 18, of Sherman and Robert Blanton, 42, of Denison.
// .... Sherman Policeman W. W. Stephens reported traffic snarled for more
than an hour by the chain reaction accident that at one time had traffic
blocked in both lanes of the divided U.S. 75. Several extra units
from the Sherman police department plus auxiliary and off duty policeman
were called in to help work traffic. // Stephens reported that Mrs.
Christian was driver of a car leaving the drive-in. As she pulled
out she made it across the two east lanes and was in the controlled intersection
when a northbound car driven by Blanton struck her car broadside.
// The Blanton car then struck a 1967 Pontiac driven by Orvil Robinson
of Sherman. The Robinson car next collided with a 1968 Dodge driven
by James Jackson of Sherman which contained Jackson's pregnant wife, Sherrie,
20. // The Jackson car then was in collision with a 1967 Chevrolet
driven by Jerry Lynn Parnell of Sherman which hit a 1967 Plymouth driven
by Carolyn Higgins of Sherman. // Mrs. Christian and Blanton were
dead on arrival at a Sherman hospital.
Passengers in the Christian car, Gary I.. Christian, 20, his wife
Cora, 20, and Gary Jr., 3 months, his son and Billy Blankenship, 16, all
of Sherman ere hospitalized as were Jackson and his wife. // Robinson,
his two passengers, Linda Parnell, 19, and Ramona Parnell 15, escaped
injury as did Miss Higgins and a passenger, Cheryl Casey, 19, of Sherman.
Stepens said only the Parnell's were wearing seat belts. ...."
OBITUARY: Denison Herald, Sept. 15, 1969
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ROBERT F. BLANTON - Funeral will be Tuesday 10 a.m. in the
Bratcher Chapel for Robert F. Blanton, 42, 4216 ____wood who was killed
in an automobile accident Sunday at 12:30 a.m. on Highway 75 South.
Rev. Danny Wood will officiate and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
// Blanton was born Dec 30, 1926 in Caddo, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F.
Blanton. He was married Oct. 5, 1963 at Durant to the former Martha
Fralicks. He was a veteran of World War Two and the Korean War and
was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion, VFW and Amvets.
He was employed by the Pillsbury Co. // Survivors include his wife of Denison,
mother Mrs. Willie Bruhin of Denison, two sons Kenny and Eddie of Denison,
one daughter, Mrs. Retha McCraw of Denison, three brothers, Johnny Blanton
Borger, Allen Blanton of Denison and John F. Brown of Pottsboro; one sister,
Mr. Kathryn Gryder of San Antonio and one grandchild. // The family
will be at the funeral home from (Researcher's note: Robert?s
grandparents were John E.A. Blanton and Margaret Keller. His
great grandparents were Rev. Benjamin F. Blanton and Sarah L. Boone and
George W. Keller and Julia E. A.
Sturdivant. Julia Sturdivant Keller was part Cherokee
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