‘So I called him Superman and then it just stuck’

Community wears “Easton Strong” Superman shirts to celebrate the life of one of their own

Easton Blanchard

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Students in Superman shirts filled school on Friday as South Georgia remembered one of their own.

Easton Blanchard, a 19-year-old Lee County native, died Wednesday after battling Cerebral Palsy.

To his family, Blanchard was their Superman — a nickname that led to Friday’s special celebration of his life.

Students at Terrell Academy and Lee County Schools all wore Superman t-shirts that said “Easton Strong” on the back.

Easton's family in their hero shirts at Terrell Academy. (Source: WALB)
Easton's family in their hero shirts at Terrell Academy. (Source: WALB)

A remembrance Blanchard’s family said shows them just how special their South Georgia community is.

“Easton has been through a lot of stuff and he lived through a bunch of stuff and it takes a super man to do that. So I called him superman and then it just stuck,” Landen Sanders, Blanchard’s cousin, said.

Blanchard’s celebration of life will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Leesburg with interment to follow in Leesburg Cemetery.

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