Dorothy Mae Merritt Blanton, age 86, of Wallace left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Friday, September 27, 2019 from Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.
She was born on November 11, 1932 in Duplin County and was the daughter of the late John Henry Merritt and Hattie Myrah Murray Merritt Nichols. Also lovingly remembered is her granddaughter, Teresa Blanton, grandson, Jacob Lee “Jake” Blanton; sister, Elsie Lee Thompson; brothers, James Leroy Merritt and John Henry Merritt, Sr. and son-in-law, Donnie Pittman.
Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church of Wallace.
Surviving is her best friend and devoted husband of 71 years, Johnnie Carlton "Buddy" Blanton; children, Lois Blanton Watkins of Burgaw, Ann Blanton Pittman of Wilmington, John “Johnny” Henry Blanton, Sr, and wife, Laura of Wallace; grandchildren, Jason Tyler Pittman, John Henry Blanton, Jr. and Amber Jane Dixon; great grandchildren, John Morgan Blanton and Jordan Michele Blanton, Avery Blanton, Jaley Carr and Paxton Dixon; sister, Peggy Ann Trammell of New Iberia, LA; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family that loved Dorothy dearly.
Dorothy was a loving wife and caring mother, grandmother and sister. She found great joy in the simplest of things, but her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a special relationship with each one of them and was very proud of them. Dorothy loved for her grandchildren to visit and she would sit for hours on her back porch watching them play and swim. With a big heart, Dorothy always prepared a ‘goody bag’ for everyone who came to her house. She loved flowers and spending time with her family. She was a kind and loving lady who will be greatly missed.
Graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Riverview Memorial Park in Watha.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Wallace.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Wallace is serving the Blanton family.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation
1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401