Doris Arlene Blanton

February 21, 1922 - January 11, 2013
Doris Arlene Blanton


Doris Arlene Bell Blanton, 90, of Hampstead, passed away on January 11, 2013 at Woodbury Wellness & Rehabilitation.

Born in Wilmington, on February 21, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Harry Love and Flossie Morton Bell. In her younger years, she worked as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell and later worked as a bookkeeper for Maco Fertilizer. She and her husband were the owners/operators of D.B. Blanton Construction in Wilmington for many years before moving to Hampstead where they opened Hilltop Grocery and ran it for 21 years. She was a member of Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Richardson (Anthony) and Joannah “Annah Kay” Royal (Rodney); two grandsons, Buddy Justice (Paula), and Randy Royal (Ashley), all of Hampstead; 3 great-grandchildren, Stevie Justice, Kaydin and Gage Royal Royal; 3 step-grandchildren, Jeanette Royal, Rodney Royal, Jr. all of Hampstead, and Rhonda Laudone of Soddy Daily, TN; special niece, Mary Voorhees of Wilmington; special great-niece Charlotte Karnopp of Wilmington; and 4 step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Horace W. Blanton; and two sisters, Mary Lee Marshburn and Kathryn Jamison.

A memorial service will be 11:00 am on Saturday, January19,2013 at Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church in Hampstead with Reverends Steve Spearing and Buddy Dowd officiating.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church choir; 88 Blake’s Chapel Road; Hampstead, NC 28443 or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center; 1414 Physicians Drive; Wilmington, NC 28401.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Staff of Woodbury Wellness for their loving care for Mrs. Blanton during her stay at their facility.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 06, 2013
    Russell Giasson says:
    To the family of Doris Blanton: We have some precious memories of visits with Doris while we lived in Hampstead. She made us all laugh. Thankful for happy memories and sending you our prayers. Please accept our sympathy. Russell and Karalee

  • January 12, 2013
    Stephen and Tillie Clark says:
    Dear Annah Kay and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers. Love, Tillie and Stephen

  • January 14, 2013
    Gail Mulligan says:
    Sending my Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your mother, Ms. Doris.She was such a special lady.You and your family are in our prayers. Nicky & Gail