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Sherman (Texas) Democrat, Sunday, January 12, 1941, p.9
 MANAGER OF GIN DIES SUDDENLY - Special to The Democrat - WHITEWRIGHT - John F. (sic - should be S) Blanton, 72, manager of the Planters gin here for fie months died suddenly of a heart attack at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the gin while doing windup work in preparation for closing the plant until next fall.  His son, Otho Blanton, was with him.  //
The body was taken to Vernon where the Blantons have resided for the last 30  years for funeral services and burial there Sunday afternoon.  // Mr. Blanton was born Dec. 30, 1868 in North Carolina, a son of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Blanton.  He was married to Miss Nannie Jones at Bowie in 1881.  The family came to Texas in 1874 and located at Ely then moved
to Bethel in 1880.  Mr. Blanton attended old Grayson college here.  He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist.  // Surviving are his mother of  Whitewright; his widow; three sons, Otho and Bert of Vernon and Jack of Oklahoma City; four sisters, Mrs.  F.A. Meierant of Wellington, Kan, Mrs. Jasper Jackson of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Addie Sweatt of Whitewright and Mrs. W.A. Badgett of Denison and four brothers, Charles of  Whitewright, Jim of Lubbock, W.A. of Oklahoma City and Jesse of Houston.
                    Whitewright Sun, January 16, 1941, p. 5, v. 56, No. 3
 J.S. BLANTON - Funeral services for J.S. Blanton, Whitewright gin operator, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Vernon with J. Rodocker, member of the Christian Science church of Wichita Falls, officiating.  Burial was in East View Memorial Park, Vernon.  Pallbearers were nephews and flower girls were nieces of Mr. Blanton.  // Mr. Blanton died suddenly
Friday afternoon while on duty at the Planters gin Company plant here, which  he had managed during the last ginning season.  He had returned to Whitewright to wind up the affairs of the ginning season after spending the holidays at Vernon, and Friday was the  last day he intended to work before going to his home at Vernon.  The body was prepared for burial here and was taken to Vernon Saturday morning.  // Born Dec. 30, 1868, in Rutherford County, North Carolina,  Mr. Blanton came to Texas with  his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Blanton, in 1871, and grew to manhood on the Blanton farm south of
Whitewright.  He married the former Miss Nannie Rebecca Jones of Bowie Jan. 1, 1891,at Bowie.  They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary last New Year's day.  //About 50  years ago in one of his first business ventures, Mr. Blanton gave Whitewright its first electric plant.  A few years later he, together with his  father and Jeff Ray, operated a string of gins and power plants in Texas and Oklahoma, with headquarters at Ardmore, Okla.  In 1903, he moved  to Vernon and there built one of the first cotton gins in that part of the state.  When he sold out a few years later to the Vernon Cotton Oil
Company he became associated with that firm and was superintendent of the company's gins for a period of about 30 years, until two years ago.  He was also one of the organizers of a power company in Vernon soon after the turn of the century.  In addition to his other interests, Mr. Blanton also operated a laundry at Vernon for a time.  // Mr. Blanton was a member of the Church of Christ, Scientist, and was a member of the  mother church at Boston.  He was a member of the Vernon Woodmen of the world Lodge and was one of only two men in Vernon who were  members of the Woodmen Circle.  // Surviving are his wife, three sons Otho and Bert F. Blanton of Vernon and Jack V. Blanton of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Mrs. J.A. Jackson of Oklahoma City and Mrs. F.A. Meierant of Wellington, Kan; his mother; Mrs. B.F. Blanton of Whitewright; four brothers, C.S. Blanton of Whitewright, J.F. Blanton of Merkel, W.A. Blanton of Oklahoma city, and J.A. Blanton of Houston, and two sisters, Mrs. Addie Sweatt of Whitewright and Mrs. W.A. Badgett of Denison.  (Researcher's note:  John Stephen Blanton was the son of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Blanton and Julia Ann Blanton.  His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Edward Blanton and Mary Feagans of Rutherford Co., NC.  His maternal grandparents were Stephen Fletcher Blanton and Sarah McDaniel.  His maternal great-grandparents were Jeremiah Blanton and Sarah Rebecca Womack of Rutherford Co., NC.)

Sherman Democrat, February 22, 1962
  FORMER GRAYSON TAX ASSESSOR W.F. BLANTON DIES - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Dannel Funeral chapel here for W.F. Blanton, 88, of 310 W. Middleton, a former Grayson tax assessor-collector, and retired manager of the Kay Kimball farms.  He died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in a Sherman hospital.  // The Rev. Daniel J. Barron, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. Darold Morgan, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will be in West Hill Cemetery.  // E.J. Miller, Willard Tuttle, Frank Thompson, Leon Foshee, J.E. Jamison, and  Forrest Peveto will be pallbearers, C.F. Douglas, Joe Davenport, A.B. Case, G.M. Hennen, Joe O'Hagan will be honorary pallbearers.  // The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. // Mr. Blanton was born May 6, 1874 near Whitewright.  On Nov. 19, 1896, he married Miss Jenny Wrenn in Ector.  He had been manager of the Kimball farms for 20 years, and tax
assessor for six years.  He has been a city counselor.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Woodmen of the World.  // Survivors are his wife; two sons, Tom R. Blanton of Sherman and O.L. Blanton of Fort Worth; two daughters, Miss Nadine Blanton and Mrs. W.W. Lay, both of Sherman; a brother, Ben F. Blanton   of Denison; a sister, Mrs. Charlie Layman of Whitewright; two grandchildren, Bob Blanton of Sherman and Mrs. Charles Crabtree of Fort Worth; and four great-grandchildren.  (Researcher's note: William Foster Blanton was the son of Thomas Jefferson Blanton and Elizabeth Jane Locke.  His paternal grandparents were Josiah Blanton and Lucy Westbrook.  Josiah was the son of Jeremiah Blanton and Sarah Rebecca Womack of Rutherford Co., NC.)

Sherman Democrat, Dec. 28, 1964
services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the First Methodist Church here for Mrs.W.F. Blanton, 90, of 310 W. Middleton, one of the remaining students of Savoy College, who died at 9 a.m. Sunday in a Sherman hospital after a 2-1/2 year illness.  // Dr. Ed Barcus of Waco, formerly pastor of the church here, will conduct the services.   Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Dannel Funeral Home.  // Leon Foshee, Coy Wrenn, Johnny Morris, W.J. Tuttle and J.E. Jamison, all of Sherman, and Marvin Wrenn of Dallas will be pallbearers.  // The family will be at 310 W. Middleton Monday evening.
Mrs. Blanton was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Savoy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W.Wrenn.  On Nov. 19, 1896, she married Mr. Blanton in Ector.  He died in 1962. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Woman's Society of Christian Service, the Garden Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  // Survivors are two sons, Tom Blanton of Sherman and O.L. Blanton of Fort Worth; two daughters, Miss Nadine Blanton and Mrs. W.W. Lay, both of Sherman; a brother, R.W. Wrenn and a sister, Mrs. W.M. May, both of Savoy; two grandchildren, Bob Blanton and Mrs. Charles F. Crabtree;
and four great-grandchildren.  (Researcher?s note:  Rebecca Virginia Wrenn was the widow of William Foster Blanton, son of Thomas J. Blanton and Elizabeth Jane Locke.)

Denison Herald, March 14, 1965
 ALLEN M. BLANTON - Denison - Graveside service for Allen Mathis Blanton, 65, of Denison, who died March 13, 1995, at Sherman Nursing Center, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery.  The Rev. Albert Green will officiate.  Arrangements are under the directions of Bratcher Funeral Home.  // Blanton was born April 16, 1929, in Caddo, the son of John (sic - should read William F. "Bill" and Willie (nee Coble)
 Blanton.  He married Sue Overton on Oct. 21, 1953, in Durant.  He retired from Pillsbury Company.  He was a member of Church of God, V.F.W.and American Legion.  // Survivors include his wife, two sons, Michael Blanton of Denison and Bobby Blanton of New Jersey; three daughters,   Alana Raner, Sharon Blanton and Becky Blanton, all of Denison; a brother John Brown Jr. of Pottsboro; a sister, Kathryn Grider of San Antonio; and five grandchildren.  (Researcher's Note:  Allen M. Blanton paternal grandparents were John E.A. Blanton and Mararet E. Keller.  His great-grandparents were Rev. Benjamin F. Blanton and Sarah L. Boone and George W. Keller and Julia E. Sturdivant.  Julia Sturdivant Keller was part Cherokee Indian.)

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