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Lois L. Blanton: Loris

1938 – 2018

     Lois L. Blanton (nee Buffkin) of Loris passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 15. She was 80.

     Lois was born on May 16, 1938 in Nakina, to the late Edward and Elmina Turbeville Buffkin.

     Lois was one of 13 siblings and was often the “mom” to her younger brothers and sisters. The role of caregiver has always been a part of who she is known to be, but she was so much more to those who loved and cherished her.

     She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a good friend to many and a supporter of different community causes.

     Lois was a great softball player, an incredible seamstress, loved gardening, animals and also one to not delay from giving you her opinion. She will be greatly missed as the matriarch and foundation of the family.

     Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Ken C. Blanton; five brothers, Brice Buffkin, Bill Buffkin, Rolan Ivy Buffkin, Edward Buffkin, and Billy Buffkin; three sisters, Eddie Mae Strickland, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cash and Linda Doyle.

     Survivors include her son, Terry K. Blanton of Longs; her daughter, Rita B. Melvin and her husband Michael Shane Melvin of Charlotte; grandchildren to include Terry’s children – Rachael Watts and her husband Billy, Terri “Shon” Grainger and her husband Stephen; Rita’s children – Michael Melvin, Olivia Melvin, Henry Melvin and Brinkley Melvin; great-grandchildren to include: Rachael’s daughters – Erin, Morgan and Ashlyn; Shon’s children- Courtney, Hunter, Christian, and Madisen. Great-great grandchildren – Erin’s daughters McKenlee and Paitlyn, Morgan’s son Mason and Courtney’s daughter Raelynn.

     Lois’ surviving siblings are Harold Buffkin, Emma Lee Lewis and her husband Sherwood, Pat Lewis and her husband Tommy along with dear sister-in-law Lena Mae Buffkin.

     Family wishes to thank Mary Briseno and Dedra McDowell of Amedisys Hospice Care for the support and care they provided to her each week.

     Visitation was planned from 6 to 8 pm.. Friday, Aug. 17, at Hardwick Funeral Home, Loris.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Hardwick Memorial Chapel with Rev. Wendell Ray officiating, committal services following at Blanton Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or funds to Amedisys Hospice Care at or McLeod Health at

     A guest register is available here.