Born: Saturday Apr 14, 1917

Died: Sunday Apr 26, 2020


Dr. Manfred T. Blanchard, D.D.S.

April 14, 1917 - April 26, 2020

Dr. Manfred Thomas Blanchard, DDS, age 103, of Eden went to his Heavenly home on Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, at his home.

 

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 29, at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.  Dr. Blanchard will lie-in-state at Fair Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning for anyone wanting to come by and pay their respects.  The service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of Fair Funeral Home for those unable to attend due to the restrictions that have been imposed regarding the number of attendees.

 

 

Dr. Blanchard was born April 14, 1917 in Hobbsville, NC to the late Dr. Thomas W. Blanchard and Sue Hinton Blanchard.  He was a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Emory University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  Dr. Blanchard, rank of Captain in the US Army, served in World War II, being assigned for duty to the China, Burma, India theatre of operation.  “Doc”established his dental practice in Leaksville (now Eden) in 1948, where he worked until his retirement in 2005.  He was a long serving member of the Kiwanis and First Baptist Church in Eden.

 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Beatrice Kennon Blanchard of the home; two sons, Larry Blanchard of Eden and David Blanchard of Walnut Cove; grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Blanchard, and Christopher Ingram; one great-grandchild, Reagan Blanchard.  Manfred was also blessed and survived by step-daughters, Marie Johnson (Bobby) of Eden and Joyce Taylor (Jimmy – deceased) of Ohio; 10 step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola Hollowell Blanchard; his sisters, Evelyn Noblin and Marion Gadow; his daughter-in-law, Linda Blanchard; and his step-daughter, Cathy Blevins.

 

The family would like to thank the staff at UNC Nursing Care Center, Dr. Kevin Howard, his caregivers, Tracy, Jewel, and Yvonne, and a special thank you to his dental assistant, Ms. June Cundiff for her 20+ years of dedicated service.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 533 Greenwood Street, Eden, NC  27288.

 

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 



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My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Blanchard. He was my good friend. Bless him for his impressive military service record and dental career. I will miss him. --Steve Adams
Steve Adams

Dr. Blanchard was a fine man and dentist. It was my pleasure to have known him. Sincere condolences to the family.
Paul Thompson

David - I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Lisa Shively Harbour

We had the pleasure of knowing him & being neighbors with him for 5 years in the early 90's. Dr. Blanchard was a very friendly & a GREAT NEIGHBOR!!! May God comfort his family & friends during this time & in the days ahead. May God bless each of you.
Amanda & Ralph Bailey

He was always such a humbling person to talk with each time. Great Christian man. Awesome father, grandfather and friend. It was an honor and privilege having known him. May God comfort the family during these days.
Tommy Griffin

I only knew Mr. Blanchard for a month and a half, since coming home from. The nursing home in March. I have never met such a tender, yet strong willed man, ready to re-achieve goals. As one of his in home caretakers, I was blessed the be part of those achievements. Mr B.... You are my hero ! Tracy Kelsey.
Tracy Kelsey

Manfred, our longtime family friend and dentist, was a good man, husband and father. He loved his children and grandchildren. We send love and sympathy to Larry, David and Bea.
Lori Davidson Jones and Jewell Davidson

David and Larry and Beatrice, Mine and Kathy's condolences to all of you. As a Great Nephew, I thought a lot of Uncle Manfred. I use to love him a kid. He was always kind and thought of people and did a lot for people who needed help. Although life got in the way and years went by that I did not see him, I was able to come see him a few months ago when he was doing pretty well although in rehab. Uncle Manfred told me a story of his time in WWII of his service in the Army Air Corp and his flights over the Himalayas "The Hump" and how dangerous they were. He told me of a book I could read to learn about it. I got that book. I never forgot him nor will I . When I came to see him, I had him sign that book although he didn't write it. He was proud of his service and it made my day. I'm so glad I saw him before he parted this life. Uncle Manfred, "Go Rest High on that Mountain, for your work on Earth is done. I will see ya again some day. Love Stan
Stan Ward

David and Larry I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a special man. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time
debra wilson

Prayers for all the family! So sorry for your loss! He was a sweetheart!
Terrie Corns

Family Members , He was one of the good guys. He was the first Dentist that I had and that was in 1955. He removed a tooth and filled several others during the year. It was many, many years later that those fillings had to be replaced. I was apprehensive my first visit and he suggested "GAS." I had never heard of gas but he assured me it would be ok. He had me fold my hands and wiggle my two index fingers so he would know when I was asleep. I never remember seeing my fingers move. I am retired Air Force and never knew Dr. Blanchard was in the military. As I said he was one of the good guys.
Philip H. Martin

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