Haynes J Blanton
June 21, 1953 - November 29, 2023

Haynes J Blanton (Rockfish) 70 of Wilmington NC cast off in his ultimate wildlife adventure on November 29,2023 surrounded by his family after a long and courageous fight.
He was born on June 21, 1953, in Mullins, SC. He is preceded in death by his loving mother Pansy H Blanton and father Gradon M Blanton, nephew Jamie Blanton and his beloved dogs Train and Cain.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Carol W Blanton, his son Haynes J Blanton II and wife Mandi, grandchildren Austin (peanut) Blanton and Alyson (pookie) Blanton who were is most precious treasures and forever hunting buddies along with his loving lab “Sadie bug”.  He is also survived by his brother Fern Blanton and wife Beverly, Sisters Mary Strickland and husband Bobby and Vicki Parker, Brother in-law Glenn Weddle. Loving nieces and nephews Tammy Green and family, Terry Blanton and family, Trae Blanton and family, Taylor Blanton and family, Maryann Blackwell and family, BJ McRae and family, Spencer Craven and family and CJ Parker and family and Karrie Weddle. He also has a special cousin Lynn Hyatt and his best friends and hunting/fishing buddies David Swain and Jordan H Grey.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sephanie Horan, MD of Novant New Hanover Medical Group and staff for their excellent care and compassion shown to John and his family during his battle. A special thanks also to Kathy, Olga and Colleen of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.
A Celebration of Johns life will take place on Friday December 8, 2023, at 1 pm at 7005 Ontario Drive Wilmington NC 28412. The family will receive friends and family at the home of his son John and wife Mandi along with his wife Carol at 6942 Ontario Road Wilmington, NC 28412.


Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403



  • Rich, Josh, Lee, Jack, Jason Posted November 30, 2023 6:25 pm

    The Hideout Hunt Club in Lowland, NC extends our deepest sympathies to the family. Much love to y’all…

  • Andrea Stilley Posted November 30, 2023 6:31 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news about a great fisherman and wonderful friend.

  • Cheryl Allen Atkinson Posted November 30, 2023 6:33 pm

    Carol, I am so sadden to hear the news of your husband, Rockfish’s passing. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and solace. Love, Cheryl and VInnie

  • Lisa Beeler Posted November 30, 2023 6:43 pm

    Carol, I am so sorry for your loss! I had no idea your beloved John was ill. Prayers for peace and comfort. Lisa Columbus Beeler

  • Linda Ireland Posted November 30, 2023 8:16 pm

    Carol, i am so sorry to hear this. Rockfish was an awesome person and will be missed by many. Thinking and praying for all of you. May God give you peace these next few months .

  • Mary Horton Marshall Posted November 30, 2023 8:22 pm

    Carol I am so sorry about John. Joe and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family in this time of sorrow. Love you my friend.

  • Chris, Nicky, Gage & Grey Redmond Posted November 30, 2023 11:25 pm

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to your family. We pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. We will miss John, but we will always cherish the wonderful memories we have of him. Much love to you all!

  • Donna Long Posted December 1, 2023 1:28 am

    Dear Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for you and your family,dear friend.

  • Bell J Phelps Posted December 2, 2023 2:23 am

    Sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for strength.

  • Joseph Collin Farmer & Family Posted December 3, 2023 6:00 pm

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the profound loss that you have just experienced. Our hearts and prayers are with you, with confidence that your husband is now at peace with God.

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