Walter Alton Blanton
On Sunday, July 7, 2019 Walter Alton Blanton, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord.
Walter was born July 9, 1946 to Harold and Doris Blanton, of Columbus, Miss. He attended Lee High School, where he played football under Hall of Fame Coach Billy Brewer. Walter went on to play college football under legendary Coach “Bull” Sullivan at East Mississippi Community College. Walter was married to the love of his life, Judy Ledlow Blanton, for 53 years. They raised two sons, Shane, of Jackson, Miss., and Lantz, of Starkville, Miss. For 22 years, Walter worked for Chevron Oil.
Called into ministry, Walter served the Lord at Palmer Home for Children in Columbus for several years before being called to serve at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina for the past 27 years.
Throughout those many years in ministry, Walter was a spiritual father, friend and counselor to countless children in his care. His favorite Bible verse was Jeremiah 29:11.
Walter was preceded in death by his father, Harold, and his mother, Doris.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Judy, his son Shane (Dawn), their four sons, Shane Jr., Seth, Sam and Stone; son Lantz (Susan), their daughter, Mandalin, and son, Gatlin. He is also survived by the many children the Lord brought to Truett and Wall Cottage. A private graveside service was held Tuesday, July 9 at Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, Miss., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home in Clyde, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home at 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, N.C. 28721.