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Carl Blanton

November 11, 1945 — April 16, 2020

Carl Thomas “Tommy” Blanton, age 74 of Shelby, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Linda Hawkins Blanton of the home, his children, Richard McGinnis of Boiling Springs, NC, and Terry McGinnis and wife Chris of Boiling Springs, NC, four grandchildren, Brittany Blanton, Matthew Blanton and his soon to be son Ashton Tyler Blanton, Taylor McGinnis, and Brandon McGinnis, a brother, Robert “Shorty” Blanton of Shelby, NC, and a sister, Linda Phillips of Boiling Springs, NC.

Born November 11, 1945 in Cleveland County, Tommy was the son of the late Alvin “Ab” and Turie Pearson Blanton and was preceded in death by his son, Robert Michael Blanton, a sister, Ruth Conner and a brother, James Blanton.

Tommy worked and retired as a truck driver for various companies including Western Dynasty in Boiling Springs, NC, and World Wide Dedicated Services in Spindale, NC.  He was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church.  Tommy was a charter member of the Boiling Springs Rescue.  He was a diehard Nascar (Dale Earnhardt) fan.  Tommy also enjoyed working on his 1964 Galaxie 500XL in his shop.  Tommy especially enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and his canine companions.

A private graveside service will be held at Flint Hill Baptist Church.  The funeral home will upload the service video on their website following the service.  Tommy will be available for viewing throughout the day on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Cleveland Funeral Services.

Memorial contributions can be made to Flint Hill Baptist Church, 2207 Flint Hill Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152.

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