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Bobby Dean Blanton, age 77, of Caroleen, passed away Monday, October 26, 2015.

Born February 2, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Grover Blanton and Hallie Fay Wallace Blanton. Bobby was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1956 and a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Vietnam War. He was a brick mason and carpenter for thirty-years and worked for Parker-Hannifin for seventeen years before retirement. Bobby attended Goodes Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed working in his woodshop, camping and doing yard work.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost fifty years, Iris Blanton; two sons, Rodney Blanton and wife, Bonnie and Shawn Blanton and wife, Jennifer all of Forest City and one sister, Peggy Ann Brown and husband, Harvey of Labrador, Canada. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Bethany Blanton Hasty and husband, Brian, Luke Blanton, Thomas Blanton and a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Chad Hayes and Reverend Dwayne Scruggs officiating. Interment followed in Eternal Hills Memorial Park with military honors being accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to the Goode Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 720, Cliffside, NC 28024.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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