Billy Wayne Blanton, age 82, of Mena, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Friday, November 9, 1934 to Samuel Houston and Susie Elzora Brock Blanton in Vandervoort, Arkansas.
Billy was a professional musician most of his life. He was a country western singer and received the Key to the City of Mena for headlining the Lum & Abner festival, in June of 1981. In his free time, Billy enjoyed writing new music and having jam sessions with his friends. Billy Blanton lived by the philosophy of treating others as you would want to be treated. Billy was able to travel the nation playing music, and enjoyed nothing more than the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy was a lifelong member of the National Musicians Association, and once even opened for Kenny Rogers. Billy was a loving grandfather, father, brother and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Millie Blanton; his brother, J.R. Blanton; two sisters, Helen McLaine, Macie Moler; and daughter, Linda Kaczmarek.
Billy is survived by three sons, David Blanton of Alabama, Michael Blanton of Alabama, and Austin Blanton of Mena, Arkansas; two daughters, Anita of Alabama, and Dorothy of Alabama; three sisters, Elizabeth Hensley of Mena, Arkansas, Margie Smith of Mena, Arkansas, and Hazel Bender of Greenville, Texas; ten grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial Mass was held Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Mena, Arkansas.