Cecil Blanton
1943 - 2021
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June 18, 1943 ˜ February 6, 2021

Cecil Blanton, age 77, died Feb. 6, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born June 18, 1943, in Qualla, NC, to Edward and Pearlie (Laws) Blanton.
Cecil moved to Anchorage, AK, in 1961 after graduating from Sylva-Webster High School. While attending Alaska Methodist University, Cecil met the love of his life, Connie. They were married Aug. 18, 1963. After spending most of the following 44 years in Alaska, they left the Last Frontier in 2005 and moved to Vancouver, WA, in order to be closer to their four grandchildren.
Of all the things that could be said about Cecil, what his family and friends will remember the most are his outgoing personality, pride in his North Carolina roots and the utter love and devotion he showed to his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. He was a devoted Christian, putting his full trust in Jesus Christ.
Cecil is survived by his two children, Cheri Chavers (Tyler) and Mark Blanton of Vancouver; grandchildren, Austin and Amber Chavers, Hannah Blanton of Vancouver and Matthew Blanton of Parkersburg, WV; sisters, Glee Banner and Lois Smith (Ron) of Weaverville, NC. In 2009, he was preceded in death, and never quite recovered, by his wife of 46 years, Connie Blanton.
No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a card to the staff of Cecil’s last earthly home, Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge, 7900 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver, WA 98662. Their care of him overall but especially during a pandemic was nothing short of miraculous. They made arrangements so his family was able to be with him in his last days, a kindness that will never be forgotten.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 10, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
My dear loving, mischievous, wonderful brother, Cecil Blanton, you are so missed by all of your family. Losing you is bittersweet as we cry for you as you left us , but to go to your Heavenly home and see all of your relatives and dear wife that you loved so much and wanted to be with, we are so happy.
We offer condolences to your children and grandchildren , who loved you so much and whom you loved so very very much.
We will miss you dear Cecil and regret not seeing you during the horrible pandemic ...
Cecil dear Brother , “Happy Trails to You , Till We Meet Again...”
we love you,
sister Lois Blanton Smith and husband Ron Smith
Lois Blanton Smith
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