Ellis Olen Blanton, 83, formerly of Southaven and Columbus, passed away on Wed., March 27, 2019, at the Veteran Affairs Home in Oxford. A celebration of his life will be held on Sat., March 30, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Central Church at 7100 Getwell Road in Southaven with Bro. Anders Lee officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 1 p.m. at the church. Born to the late William Harrison and Elba Tyler Blanton, Mr. Blanton was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from the Memphis DIPEC. He and his family also managed North Lake Boat Dock from 1980-1987. He will be remembered as a loving husband, daddy, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, brother, uncle and friend. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Columbus and had a passion for gardening and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Tyler, Gaylon, Trellis and Joseph; two sisters, Catherine and Lorine; a son, Edward Olen Blanton and three grandsons, Ellis Hughes, Brad Blanton and Matthew Blanton. Survivors include his wife, Linda Blanton of Columbus; two daughters, Gail Sears and her husband, Chris of Lake Cormorant and Sherry Hughes and her husband, Tom of Atoka, Tennessee; a son, William Blanton and his wife, Sherry of Nesbit; his sister, Grace Howell of Starkville; his brother, Jack Blanton of Walls; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Mississippi State Veterans Home and Encompass Hospice for their help and care.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or their favorite charity benefiting veterans. For additional information or to leave and online condolence, please call 662-234-7971 or visit