Hometown: Richmond, KY (Model)
Position: F Playing Height: 5-10
Date of Birth: August 30, 1904
Date of Death: June 15, 1966
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Obituary - William Blanton Taken by Death, Kentucky Citizen (Bourbon County) (June 16, 1966)
He had been seriously ill for several weeks.
A native of Richmond, he was the son of the late Dr. Harry Martin Blanton and Ethel Chenault Watts Blanton.
Blanton was Paris city attorney from 1928 to 1930 and was Paris police judge from 1930 to 1940.
He served terms as state representative and state senator in the Kentucky General Assembly and was formerly a director for the Kentucky Department of Motor Transportation.
He had been Bourbon County Democratic Party chairman since 1956.
He had been a member of the Bradley and Blanton law firm for more than 30 years, beginning his career as an attorney with the law firm of Emmett Dickson. His grandfather, Lindsay Hughes Blanton, was former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here.
Educated in Richmond public schools he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Paris Lodge No. 2 F&AM, a member and past president of the Paris Rotary Club, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Betty Lindsay Roseberry Blanton, a son, William Watts Blanton II, New York City; a brother, Harry Martin Blanton, Bourbon county; and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Jackson Smith, Richmond.
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by the Rev. J.H. Johnston. Burial will be in the Lexington cemetery.
Bearers will be Craig Bradley Jr., V.A. Bradley Jr. James Shropshire. Clyde Singleton, Robert Burnett, Lockhart Spears, D.C. Parrish, Buckner Hinkle and Joe Allen.
Honorary bearers will be members of the Bourbon County Bar Association and Judge William B. Ardery, Charles Cox, Harry Mitchell, Charlton Clay, Charles S. Spears, Edwin K. Thomas and Orie Smith.
The body is at the funeral home.