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November 22, 2012 12:09 am EST


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SEBRING, Fla. — Rev. Gorman Tye Blanton, 79, of Sebring, Fla., and Warren County, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

Born Oct. 17, 1933, to Felix and Delia (Hensley) Blanton in Bailey Switch, Ky., Rev. Gorman had been a pastor for nearly 20 years and was the pastor at the First Church of God from 1985-1992 before moving to Florida. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed ice fishing with friends. Gorman was a substitute teacher for a few schools in Sebring, Fla., after leaving Ohio.

Preceded in death by his wife, Alma Mae (Rine) Blanton; one daughter, Dianna Blanton; three brothers, Odell, Felix Jr. and Delbert Blanton; two sisters, Ruby Brown and an infant sister; and son-in-law, Levi Goforth.

Rev. Gorman is survived by his four daughters, Angie Tucker (Tommy) of Lebanon, Ohio, Rhonda Blanton of Lincolnton, N.C., Brenda Schwartz (Richard) of Dover, Ohio, and Dorothy Goforth of Pleasant Plain, Ohio; twin brother, Glenn Blanton of Sparta; two sisters, Marjorie Stillwell of Sparta and Jeanette Perkins of Lexington; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Star Smith.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Vale-Hoskins Funeral Home in Morrow, with a service immediately following. Interment will be in Morrow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gorman’s name to the Mid America Bible College in Oklahoma. Arrangements are by the Vale-Hoskins Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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