Mary Ruth Blanton Merritt

April 1, 1925December 11, 2012

Merritt, Mary Ruth Blanton, age 87, of Strawberry Plains, went home to the LORD at 6:50 PM Tuesday December 11th with her family gathered around her. She was a member of Thorn Grove Baptist Church and for five years a resident of River Oaks Assisted Living and Brakebill Nursing Home. Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband Rev. Buford H. Blanton, Sr. and by Clarence Merritt. Her parents were Walter and Eliza Manes. She is survived by her children: Buford Blanton, Jr. and Barbara, Robert Blanton and Vivian, Brenda Blanton Folz and David, Shelia Blanton Rozema and Rick, Gary Blanton and Pamala, and Diane Blanton. Her grandchildren are: Judd Anderson, Annamarie Couch, Nicholas Graham and Tyler Merriman. The family will receive friends on Friday at Thorn Grove Baptist Church from 5-7 PM with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7:00 PM with Rev. Tim Tatum presiding. Family and friends will meet at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Thorn Grove Cemetery for the interment service. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 14, 2012

Mary Ruth Blanton Merritt

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Sharron Hampton

December 15, 2012

I always loved your mother Im sorry for the loss. I know you all remember Sharron Brown I am Sharron Brown Hampton now I love you all

Kathleen Cloud

December 14, 2012

With deep sympathy. Praying for Gods peace on your family.
Kathleen Cloud (SCHAS caregiver)


December 13, 2012

My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4)

McCarty - Evergreen Funeral Home

December 12, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.