Lt. Clifford Arthur Blanton was born on June 9, 1891, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Burrel A. Blanton, a railroad machinist, and Kate Green Blanton. His siblings included Robert, Chris, Johnnie, and Mellie. While working as a waiter at Bowers Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga, Blanton was registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, where he expressed a desire to join the American Red Cross. He arrived in Paris on October 5, 1917, and served in that capacity through the duration of World War I. After remaining in France following the conclusion of the war, Lt. Blanton applied for a passport to travel to Russia with the Red Cross; he died after contracting typhus in Narva, Ida-Virumaa, Estonia, on March 26, 1920. He is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
LIEUT. BLANTON BURIED IN FOREST HILLS TODAY
Funeral of Lieut. Clifford Blanton, 28, who died in Russia of typhus, will be held from Wann’s funeral parlors this afternoon at 2, the Rev. Dr. T.S. McCallie officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hills cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected this morning from members of the local post of the American Legion. A firing squad from the Sixth cavalry, Fort Ogleghorpe, will pay full military honors at the grave.
-Published in The Chattanooga Times, September 27, 1920, page 3.