December 21, 2007. Mint Hill, NC.. A funeral was held for Cpl. Joshua C. Blaney in Charlotte, NC. Cpl. Blaney died on December 12 from injuries sustained when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Afghanistan. He was 25.. Around a hundred people lined the streets around the funeral home to honor Cpl. Blaney as his body was taken to the church for services. The local Jr. ROTC lined one side of the main street.