Andrew Blanchard Jr.

October 10, 1911June 30, 2014

Andrew James Blanchard "A.J." CHARLOTTE - Andrew James "A.J." Blanchard, 102, of Charlotte entered into Heaven to be with his Heavenly Father, his wife, parents and sisters on June 30, 2014. He was born in Mecklenburg County on October 10 , 1911; the only son of Andrew Jackson "Boss" Blanchard and Dovie Merritt Blanchard. A.J. attended Old Pineville School and Sharon School. As a boy, his father taught him to plant, cultivate and harvest the crops that God provided. A.J.'s father also encouraged him to have another goal; his first business venture was working with Norris Engineering Company in Gastonia. Later, he joined Charlotte Pipe and Foundry where he worked for 25 years and still found the time to plant his crops and raise a family. He was a member of the Elks Club and Woodman of the World. In 1952, A.J. and his wife, Melvene, established Blanchard's Esso and Grocery on Carmel Road. A.J. was one of the oldest members of Sharon Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and long standing member of the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class. A.J. is predeceased by his loving wife, of 68 years, Melvene Sistare Blanchard; sisters, Lilly, Vergie, Minnie, Beulah, Emma and Mae and his daughter-in-law, Irene. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine B. Eichler and her husband, John; son, Jimmy Blanchard; grandchildren, Webb H. Layton III, Leslie Shipp, Michael Layton, Harrell Reynolds, Tracey Blanchard and Tami Blanchard; great-grandchildren, Brian, Christopher, Sarabeth, Jordan, Megan and Forrest; brother-in-law, Carl Mullis; nieces, Billie Ruth Gooch, Carolyn Galloway, Peggy Gulledge, Kay Simmons; nephews, Tommie Kiser, Jerry Martin, Oren Starnes, Benny Alexander, Norman Gooch and William Gooch. A visitation reception will be held on Monday July 7 at 2:30 pm at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Rd. followed by a funeral service at 3:30 pm with Rev. Ron Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sharon Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Reception Monday, July 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 7, 2014

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Walter Broome

July 7, 2014

R.I.P. "Uncle Jim"

Becky Helms

July 7, 2014

Please accept our deepest sympathies for the passing of your father and grandfather. I remember enjoyable visits to their home with our grandparents, Herbert & Emma. May God bless you during this time with wonderful memories.
Becky (Davis) Helms, Dora & Greg Gonzales

July 7, 2014

Dear Jimmy, so very sorry to hear the news about your Father, whom I did not know, but whose obituary tells a story of a beautifully lived life, filled with the love of God handed down to his children and all who knew him. Be sure that I am thinking of you, your family and all your loved ones. May your fond memories sustain you at this time. Barbara Callahan Kirk 704 621 8255

July 6, 2014

Dear Jim , May God richly bless you and thanks for the opportunity to have known and the time over 23 years to enjoy your lovely Dad . He truly was a Gift from our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . Before individually and when married together we rented from your most Lovely parents . With the greatest Love , indebted to both of your precious parents for all their kindness!!!!! Jonathan & Janis Klimovich 2501 Eaton Rd Charlotte , N. C. 28205 704-532-6974 or 704-905-6042

Linda Seligman

July 4, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

July 3, 2014

Jimmy, Gail and I were so sad to hear of the passing of your Dad. You have been blessed to keep him with you for so long. You will be in our prayers in the coming days. Ron and Gail Forester