Mr. James Rufus Blanding, 84, of 808 Shamrock Lane in Anderson, SC, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at AnMed Health Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, Zenobia Wiley Blanding; one son, Marlon Blanding (Ja’Shaun); five stepdaughters, Lucinda Austin, Geraldine Hunter, Daisy Smith (Ricky), Angela Willingham, and Vanessa Crosby (Christopher); two stepsons, Johnny J. Hunter, Jr. and Waymon C. Hunter; "adopted" daughter, Buffy Smith (Chris); one godson, Timothy Williams; seventeen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Smith and Janie Corner; and four brothers, Jone, David (Eugenia), McLester (Gloria), and Adger Ray (Joyce) Blanding.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ruth Artis Jones Blanding; one daughter, Katina Blanding; two sisters, Elizabeth Merriweather and Fannie Williams; three brothers, Richard, Bennie, and Thomas Blanding.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Evergreen Baptist Church. Military honors will follow the funeral service. The interment will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery.
The family is at the home, 808 Shamrock Lane Anderson, SC 29621.
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