GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mr. Preston K. Blanchard, 57, husband of Tonya Carter Blanchard, has gone home to be with his Lord, Monday, January 21, 2008.
Mr. Blanchard was a native and lifelong resident of Grovetown. He was a graduate of Harlem High School and Georgia Southern University. Mr. Blanchard owned and operated Carter-Blanchard Office Supply, Inc. since 1980 and was formerly the Editor and Publisher of The Columbia News & Times. He was an avid horseman and animal lover. He was previously a member of the Belle Meade Hunt Club where he enjoyed many years of riding. Mr. Blanchard exemplified his bravery and courage as he fought his battle with cancer giving his Lord glory for the strength to fight. He was a member of Kiokee Baptist Church. Mr. Blanchard was a good man, a loving husband, father, son and brother.
Surviving family members, in addition to his wife, include his children, Jonathan Carter Blanchard of Augusta, Allison Pollard Blanchard of Grovetown; mother: Mildred Pollard Blanchard; brothers: John Pierce Blanchard, Jr. and wife, Deborah, Patrick G. Blanchard and wife, Gwen, Philip B. Blanchard and wife, Kay and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Blanchard was preceded in death by his father: John Pierce Blanchard, Sr.; brother: Perry C. Blanchard; maternal grandparents: G.B. Pollard, Sr., Mattie Kelley Pollard and paternal grandparents: Dr. Pierce Gordon Blanchard and Clara Moralle Ramsey Blanchard.
The funeral service was held Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Kiokee Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Bennett, Rev. John Davis and Rev. Steve Hartman officiating.
Pallbearers were Mark Bartles, Jake (Jakie) Pollard III, Keith Pollard, Rick Crawford, Daryl Crawford, Bernard (Barney) Dunstan, Jr., Lint (Bubba) Sparks III, Dan Blanton and Lyn Smith.
Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1365 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909 or Molly's Militia, P.O. Box 6816, North Augusta, SC 29861.
Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.