Wayne Henry Blanchard, 70, a loving husband, father and grandfather was called home to be with the Lord February 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at Norfolk Sentara Heart Hospital. Wayne, a resident of Elizabeth City, NC was born on December 9, 1946 in Currituck County, NC to the late Lewis Deacher and Ruby Carawan Blanchard. He graduated from Currituck High School in 1965 and entered the U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam in 1967/68 and retired as a Master Sergeant after 22 years. He then served 3 years as a Major in the Texas Army State Guard.
He leaves behind his adoring wife, Debbie Marriner Blanchard; his son, Jonathan Blanchard (Tabitha) of Austin, TX; two stepsons, Ronnie McLawhorn and John McLawhorn of Powells Point, NC; a stepdaughter, Lora McLawhorn and fiancé Louis Porter of Virginia Beach, VA; two brothers, James Blanchard (Pong) of Virginia Beach, VA and Edwin Blanchard (Diane) of Morehead, NC; two sisters, Anita Williams of Virginia Beach, VA and Carolyn Litchfield of Roanoke, VA; three grandchildren, Katurah, Sydney and Jared Blanchard; and nine step-grandchildren, Shelby and Bradley Buck, Raymond and Brandon Bancroft, Christopher Farr, Skyler Sills-McLawhorn, Elijah and Jacob Sills, Dylan Wells-McLawhorn; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Wayne Blanchard, Jr; two brothers, Lewis Blanchard, Jr and Tommy Blanchard; and one sister, Ann Wendling.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Blanchard family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
Twiford Funeral Home (Elizabeth City)
405 East Church Street