David Arlen Blanton entered heaven on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. He was born November 4, 1934, to J.C. and Nora Blanton in Victoria, Texas. Dave graduated from Patti Welder High School. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Texas. During his college years, he met and married Juanita Rayburn in 1956. After a few years in the oil field, Dave felt called to ministry and the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he could complete his Master’s Degree in Church Music. Dave and Juanita had three children during these years, Kent, Kay, and Rhonda. Upon graduation from the seminary, the family moved to Beeville, Texas where Dave would serve as Minister of Music for the next 33 years.
Dave loved hunting, fishing, working on cars, golfing, and telling stories. He tuned pianos, enjoyed close friends, ministered to people, influenced a generation of musicians, shared in mission work around the world, loved his family, and served his Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his caring wife of 60 years, Juanita Blanton; by son Kent and his wife Elaine and their sons, Michael, Caleb, and Andrew; by son-in-law Tim Law and wife Bitsy and his daughters Kristy and Kacey; by daughter Rhonda Selph and her husband Chad and their children Austin and Lauren; as well as four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Nora Blanton, his brother, James Blanton, and his daughter, Kay Law.
A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 pm on Sunday, March 25 at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 26 at First Baptist Church, Beeville, Texas. Burial will follow at Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Ben Barris, John Bond, Bill Davis, Jr., Ellis (Nubbin) Ginn, Jr., Bill Stockton, Mark Sugarek, Richard Zander, Sr., and Richard Zander, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Bond, Chuck Knowlton, Dudley Thoms, and Tim Law.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church School (www.fbcbeeville.com) or South Texas Children’s Home (www.stchm.org).
Keith & Dawn BrownSan Antonio, TX
I remember Dave when we were based at Beeville Air Station. I really enjoyed setting under his leadership in choir and also I was able to learn hand bells. I really missed the bells when we moved but was able to start a group when we were stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Great man of God
Judy MaxsonWilliamstown, WV
Mrs. Blanton and family. We were across the street neighbors for many, many years. I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of this wonderful man. I have lost every member of my family now and will soon be moving to Montana, but just wanted you to know I'm thinking of Y'all. Love to all.
Carole MorrisLa Vernia, TX
Thinking of the Blanton family as you grieve the loss of Mr. Blanton. I have many fond memories of Mr. Blanton, my most favorite is our mission trip to Burkina Faso Africa. That changed the course of my life and confirmed my call to ministry. He was a part of and influencer of that calling on my life. Thankful for his life and ministry. Love to you, Mrs. Blanton and to his family.
Dana (Johnson) HixsonHaslet, TX
Mrs. Blanton our prayers are with you & your family... Mr. Blanton was a special man who taught many many of us all the ins & outs of music at Choir practice... He will greatly be missed by many!! Heaven gained a new Choir member.... Rest easy with the Lord...
Jennifer Handy BernalBeeville, TX
Dave was very influential in my life. I remember in 8th grade when he wanted me to sing a solo in “celebrate Life”. He started me on a journey then of singing and music. I’m forever grateful to Hod for using Dave in my life from Zephyr trips, youth choir, musicals, voice lessons, and even trips back home in college with Ed. Not to mention the face that Kent introduced me and Ed, and Kent and Elaine have remained our friends all these years. I can’t come to the funeral, Juanita, because of my teaching job. My state test is 10 days out. I love all of you so much and am praying for you.
Lori Elam WebbonBay City, TX
My condolences to Dave's family. He was a great influence on me as a young man growing up in the First Baptist Church. He liked hunting an hot rods....and he was a fine friend to my family, and such a great singer!
Ron GordonPawnee, TX
Juanita, past all the pain you and your family are going through, I’ve spent most of the afternoon remembering the joy that was Dave! Can we comprehend the love that exists in heaven between him, my parents, and so many others whose lives he touched while with us here? I think of him now, telling those corny jokes as only he could and using that wonderful baritone (strong again) to sing God’s praises standing tall and straight before the Heavenly Father
Charles F BrownCedar Hill, TX
I am certain that Uncle Dave received the following greeting from his Lord:
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
May the Lord comfort his family as they grieve and then rejoice in the Lord Always.
I've been fortunate to have had several men influence my life in such a positive way - Dave Blanton was certainly one of those men. I am eternally grateful for his strong testimony and his willingness to pour his life into others.
Tom TurnipseedeMontgomery, TX
A real loss to the community. Wish I could be there to attend. God be with you Dave.
David FaulknerJaco, Costa Rica,
Brother Dave was one of the most influential men in my life. He showed me how God gave gifts (music) and how to give it back. I will ever be grateful for his testimony.