Obituaries for March 30, 2017

Michael Raymond Blanton
May 25, 1954 - March 25, 2017
Michael Raymond Blanton, age 62, of Athens passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Athens.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Athens with Pastor John Woodall, Dr. Michael D. Shaffer and Pastor Paul Baxley officiating followed by a brief graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery on Atlanta Highway. Pallbearers were JR Allred, John Barrett, Tucker Blount, John Culpepper, Keith Guest, Ricky Lane, Vance Leavy, Don Leebern, Mitch Malcom, Keith Porter, Billy Rivers, Jimmy Rector, Lee Stinchcomb, Danny Thompson and Cary Wood.
Mike Blanton was born in Seattle, Washington to Nila Lou Blanton and Raymond Howard Blanton May 25, 1954 and grew up in Atlanta. Mike earned his BA in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College in 1976. He married his beloved wife, Kelley Pruitt July 25, 1997 in Athens at the Taylor Grady House.
Mike was a devout Christian who believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the everlasting life through our Lord and Savior. He helped get Athens Church started and supported Campus Crusade for Life. He was a pillar of the community and involved in numerous philanthropies including Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens, Building for America's Bravest™, Campus Crusade for Christ, Project Safe - Athens, Cancer Foundation and the Salvation Army.
Mike was a prominent and well regarded northeast Georgia businessman. He opened Dalton Carpet Outlet on July 5, 1978 with just one other part-time employee and now the business has grown to 130 employees. He had been exposed to the floor covering industry at an early age; his mother, who had worked previously as a bookkeeper for a hardwood company, started an in-home carpet business when Mike was young and eventually opened her own retail location. Mike worked for her company as an installer during his high school and college years. Through growth and relocations, the company eventually joined the nationwide Carpet One cooperative and changed its name to Dalton Carpet One in 1988. A second location in Gainesville had already been added in 1979, and the company’s third store opened in Eatonton in 2000 and the fourth in Lawrenceville in 2015.
Mike has also continued to steadily grow the commercial side of the business, and DCO Commercial Floors now takes on projects all over the country. Over the years, Mike has been honored with numerous awards, including the Alan Greenberg Award in 2011. Named for the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of CCA Global Partners (Carpet One’s parent company), the award is given each year to one member out of approximately a thousand who most embodies the Carpet One Floor & Home spirit and values.
Mike loved to ride a Harley and enjoyed vintage muscle cars especially Corvettes and Porsches. He loved college and pro football games and attended as many as he could with Kelley, his friends and his family. He was also an avid golfer.
Mike was preceded in death by Nila Lou Blanton and Raymond Howard Blanton.
Survivors include his wife, Kelley; a daughter, Katy Blanton and her partner, Meg Mantia; two sons, Curtis Blanton and David Blanton; a sister, Jann Blanton and her partner Wendy Johnson; sister-in-law, Victoria Farmer; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Hal Pruitt; niece, Patricia Pruitt; nephew, William Pruitt and beloved dogs, Nila, Gidget and Dr. Pepper.
His son Curtis said of his father, “My Dad was the best man I have ever known. He has inspired and taught me and so many others so much. He was a coach, a mentor, a leader, a best friend, and truly a role model to us all. He touched more people than I ever knew.”
The family of Mike Blanton wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Piedmont Athens Regional and especially Dr. Russell Pruitt, Dr. David Sailors, Dr. Jonathan Woody and Dr. Cody Gunn and the nurses that worked tirelessly to save his life.
The family requests memorials be made to the trauma unit at Piedmont Athens Regional. 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia, 30606.
Lord & Stephens West had charge of arrangements

Rev. Rickie C. Lockhart
Rev. Rickie C. Lockhart of 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Eatonton departed this life Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 17, 2017 at Union Baptist Church, Eatonton; Rev. Johnny Harris, Pastor, officiated, Elder Jesse Porter, Pastor Emeritus, Rev. W. J. Reid, Presided and Rev. Dante Smith was the Eulogist. Interment followed in Eastside Eatonton City Cemetery.
Rev. Lockhart was a lifetime resident of Eatonton and was educated in the public schools of Putnam County. He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at a very early age. Accepting his call to the ministry at an early age, he continued to serve the Lord for the rest of his life. Rev. Lockhart delivered his initial sermon at Union Baptist Church, where he was licensed and ordained by Rev. Jesse Porter. He pastored many churches throughout Georgia. At the time of his transitioning to his heavenly home, he was the pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crawfordville, Shady Grove Baptist Church in Tignall and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Washington. He was also employed in the local funeral service industry for many years.
In his secular occupation, he was self-employed in the field of tree cutting. Rev. Lockhart enjoyed cooking, grilling gardening and fishing. He was generous and giving, always looking for something to give away. Rev. Lockhart was known for his friendliness, genuineness, quick wit, sense of humor, and his ability to make people laugh.
He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Lockhart, three brothers, William Lockhart, Stanley Lockhart and Frankie Lockhart, an aunt, Mary Moreland and brother-in-the-Lord, Charlie Reese.
He leaves to cherish him memory and mourn his passing, two sons, Rickie Harrison of Douglas, Matthew Ingram of Greensboro; his loving and devoted mother, Verlia Mae Lockhart; six sisters, Jacqueline Lockhart, Mary Lockhart, Sandra (Cleveland) Presley, and Gayle Jones, all of Eatonton, Linda Reese of Dublin, Joyce Lockhart of Warm Springs; one brother, Lamar Lockhart of Eatonton; one granddaughter, Akearia White; an aunt, Shirley Lockhart of Talbotton; several close, and dedicated friends, Roy and Pat Davis, Raleigh Davis and Ezekiel Dennis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services entrusted to Bernard's Family Funeral Care, LLC, 103 Willie Bailey St., Eatonton, GA 31024 (706)485-4494.

Jack Logan
May 22, 1938 - March 26, 2017
Jack Logan, age 78, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home in Eatonton.
Jack was born in Ellijay May 22, 1938 to the late Horace & Fair Logan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Andy Logan.
Jack worked with Georgia Power from the day he graduated high school until his retirement in June of 1994, 38 years of service. After retiring, he worked with Flower-Flemister Concrete and Horton Homes. Jack loved bluegrass music and played in the bands Center Stage Bluegrass & Oconee River Boys Bluegrass. He was known for playing the Upright Bass with one finger, his thumb. Jack also trained Belgian and Clydesdale horses.
Suvivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Amelia Logan; a son, Jim (Jeannie) Logan of Elizabeth, KY; two daughters, Tina (Randy) Mason, Shawnee (Adam) Mangual, all of Eatonton; a brother, James Pete Logan of Lafoditte, TN; six grandchildren, Arriana & Danielle Mangual, McKenzie (Brandon) Cardwell, all of Eatonton, Brett (Carissa) Mason of Gray, Gannon (Claire) Mason of Duluth and Ally Jones of Elizabethtown, KY; two nephews, Bill Logan of Greensboro, NC and Wade Logan of London, England.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of the arrangements

Daniel Perkins
Daniel Perkins passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Funeral services were Monday, March 27, 2017 at Hart’s Mortuary, Jones County Chapel in Gray with the Reverend Steven Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Daniel was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Wilma Perkins and a brother, Richard Wright Perkins. He was a 1966 graduate of Lanier High School. He worked as a Yardmaster with Norfolk Southern until he retired in 2000. Daniel was a member of the Napier Avenue Church of God. During the Vietnam War, he was a Radarman on the U.S.S. Enterprise while serving in the United States Navy.
Daniel had many hobbies that included being a member of the Dixie Aeromasters Flying Club in Jones County and the Newton County R.C. Flyers in Covington. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing on his dock or boating. Hunting was his passion in his younger years.
Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Deborah Johnson Perkins of Eatonton; two daughters, Christie Michelle Barfield (Chris) of Macon and Shawn Hall (Keith Lawson) of Macon; four grandchildren, Christopher and Brandon Barfield, Caleb Hall (Sara) and Hunter Hall; a great-grandchild, Mason Hall; three sisters, Jane Fair of Byron, Karey Byrd, and Shirley Teters, both of Macon, several nieces and nephews, and his baby, Tammie the family pet.
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Hart’s Mortuary, Jones County Chapel had charge of the arrangements.

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