Harry Eugene Blanchard, Jr

Born: Tue., Sep. 9, 1930
Died: Sun., Oct. 21, 2012

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Harry Eugene Blanchard, Jr., age 82, of White Plains passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012. A native of Appling Georgia, Mr. Blanchard was the son of the late Harry Eugene Blanchard, Sr. and the late Odessa Prickette Blanchard. He was born September 9, 1930 and educated in the Columbia County school system. Harry joined the United States Air Force November 2, 1948 and served on Guam, Japan and in Korea during the Korean Conflict and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Harry and Ella Claire O''Rear were married on March 8, 1953 in White Plains, Georgia and recently celebrated their 59th anniversary He was preceded in death by a brother Gary F. Blanchard. Harry retired from the U. S. Geological Survey Water Resource Division, Doraville, Georgia after 34 years of government service.

Harry was elected a deacon in the White Plains Baptist Church on June 4, 1961 and served more than 51 years. He served as Chairman of Deacons for several years and co-taught the Adult Men''s Sunday School Class for many years. He loved the White Plains Baptist Church and its membership.

After retiring Harry took up wood working and made different wood crafts for Bible School children to assemble and paint and also wood animals for each child to have as a remembrance of Bible School. He also built hundreds of Blue Bird houses and besides placing them in the White Plains community, they were shared with the Senior Citizens Organizations and AARP Chapter in Greensboro, Georgia. Harry served on the White Plains City Council for 3 years and was mayor for 10 years and also retired as a volunteer fireman. Harry also enjoyed gardening and usually planted enough to share with those in White Plains that were unable to have a garden.

Survivors include his beloved wife of more than 59 years, Ella Claire O''Rear Blanchard and daughter, Nancy Blanchard of the residence; son, James Eugene Blanchard and wife Debbie of Ozark, AL; granddaughters, Jamie and husband Bert Ahlzadeh of Auburn, Alabama and Abby and husband Justin Fetsko of Dothan, Alabama; great grandchildren, Moe Forbes and Naomi Ahlzadeh, Emily Ann and Houston Fetsko; brother, Randall and wife Evelyn of McDonough, Georgia; sister-in-law, Nancy Blanchard of Appling, Georgia; and several nieces, nephews and many cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, 1020 Main Street East, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Dr. Norman R. Waldrip and Rev. Roger Bennett officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are William Coleman, Dock Shelnutt, Jr., Charles Stewart, Richard Dunagan, Dock Shelnutt, III, Ellis Morgan and Donald Clements. Honorary pallbearers are White Plains Baptist Church Deacons: Ike Moore, David Price, Wilburn Stewart, Russell Stewart, John Eley, Grant Coleman, James Coleman, Loren Leach and members of the White Plains Volunteer Fire Department. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night at McCommons Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be made in memory of Harry E. Blanchard, Jr. to the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery Endowment or Maintenance Fund, P. O. Box 38, White Plains, GA 30678. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the guest register.

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Jane Cobb
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
My love and deepest sympathy. I just got home from some trips and found the email about Mr. Blanchard. He was a dear friend to Howell and me. I enjoyed his visit on my dock when we could watch the Martins. He was so kind to bring me new gourds. I pray the Lord will comfort you and give you happy memories in the days ahead. Love, Jane Cobb3

Gail and Gene Lindsey
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
Gene and I thought so much of Mr. Harry. He was always so friendly and kind when we saw him. Gene enjoyed working with him on projects, such as building the Penfield Christian Home. Our heartfelt sympathy is with you.

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Dear Family, Mr. Blanchard was such a nice person. He will always be remembered. God Bless all of you. Betty Jo Evans

Cheryl Blanchard Conway
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Uncle Harry was a man who always thought of others. Always a smile, always an "I love you"! I know that my Mother and Uncle Gary were there to welcome him home. To Aunt Claire, Nancy, James and family...where there is a hole in our hearts, may the knowledge that one day we will see them all again make our hearts whole! Love you all!

   Posted Mon October 22, 2012

Jennifer Merino
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Harry meant a great deal to me. I will always remember him. Love, Jennifer

Vivian Stewart Ledford
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Mr. Harry will surely be missed by all who knew him. He represented White Plains and White Plains Baptist Church well. My heartfelt sympathy.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Harry. He was such a friendly person and he always had a smile when he came to the city hall. I pray that God will give you all strength, comfort and hope.

Lynn Hudson
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Nancy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Harry. I had the pleasure of working with him while working at the Greene Cty. Chamber and he was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. He always had a smile and a positive thought to say about everyone. He loved his community and served it faithfully for many years. May God wrap His loving arms around you during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

William Poole, USAF Retired
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
My sincere condolences to SSGT Blanchards famly. His service to our country is appreciated.

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Ms. Ella and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come. Mr. Harry was a Kind and Godly Southern Gentelman.

dianne f. mckinley
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
sorry for your loss

   Posted Tue October 23, 2012

Sharon Matthews
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
I worked with Harry at the USGS for several years. He was a good man with a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to the family.

Harold E. Gill
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
I will always remember Harry during hours working together in the Georgia Distric and all the barbacue we ate together in the field. I miss you Harry. Harold Gill

Karen and Kathy Edwards
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
A loving guy that surly will missed by many.

lamar sanders
   Posted Tue October 23, 2012
I worked with Harry in the 1970's in the Atlanta office of the USGS.I enjoyed going in the field with him a couple of times running barometric levels to wells, riding around NE Georgia, and eating barbecue wherever we could find it. Harry was a good-natured, honorable, and good man at all times. We need more men like him today. To the family: we loved him, too.

Rhonda Eaton
   Posted Wed October 24, 2012
Miss Ella Claire and Nancy, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

John Clarke
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
I worked with Harry during the first 10 years of my career. He set a high standard for hard work. He worked from dawn to dusk to get the job done. He had a great sense of humor and what an appetite! He knew all of the best eating establishments throughout the state. After Harry retired, when visiting various work areas in the state, folks would always ask, "where is that tall fella?" He definitely left his mark on Georgia, and the USGS--His field notes are present throughout our data files and are referred to frequently. It was a pleasure to know him.

Kathy Cawthon
   Posted Wed October 31, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.