Erskine E. Blanton, Sr., 80, Vinton, Ohio, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013, at his residence. He was born May 29, 1932, in Harlan County, Kentucky, son of Bert and Elizabeth (Johnson) Blanton. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, worked as a crane operator for Kaiser Aluminum for 32 years before retiring, and attended Deer Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
Erskine is survived by his wife, Joyce (Miller) Blanton, Vinton; three sons, Jesse Blanton, Orlando, Florida, Ricky (Karin) Blanton, Akron, Ohio, and Karry Blanton, Columbus, Ohio; three daughters, Sheila (Alvin) Yester, Rio Grande, Ohio, Cindy (Carl) Webb, Thurman, Ohio, and Sherry (Jeff) Wetherholt, Vinton; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Annie) Blanton, Ypsilanti, Michigan, and three sisters, Betty (Jack) Banks, Chillicothe, Ohio, Peggy Ramey, Pilot, Virginia, and Anita (Terry) Davis, Gallipolis, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Erskine Eugene Blanton, Jr.; daughters, Vicky Jenkins, Pamela and Cathy Blanton; grandsons, Josh Yester and McAvery; brothers, Russell and William Blanton, and sister, Bertha Banks.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with Pastor Mickey Maynard, officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vinton, with Full Military Rites to be conducted by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail. Friends and family may call at the funeral home Monday from 5-7 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to www.mccoymoore.com.