Descendants of Ashley Benson Obituaries


Wounded in arm and hip and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863. Died of wounds on or about the same date.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 3-24-2006:

CLIFTON R. BENSON, 86, Smithfield, March 23. Funeral 2 p.m., Sunday, Underwood Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, Hills of the Neuse Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Underwood Funeral Home.


The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Friday, 12-13-1996:

BENSON — Don Wendell Benson, 42, of 10643 U.S. 301 S. died Wednesday.

He was a carpenter.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Rose & Graham Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. King White. Burial will be in the Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church cemetery.

Mr. Benson is survived by a son, Don W. Benson II; his father, Waylon L. Benson; three brothers, Raymond L. Benson, Waylon K. Benson and Allan M. Benson, all of Four Oaks; and two sisters, Charlotte L. McLamb and Debra A. Benson, both of Four Oaks.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.


unknown newspaper, 1977:

Eloise Benson, 53, Smithfield Resident

Miss Frances Eloise Benson of Smithfield, a retired restaurant owner, died Sunday afternoon in Johnston County Memorial Nursing Center following a period of declining health. She was 53 years of age.

Miss Benson was born in Johnston County, a daughter of the late William Lenzy and Pearl Baker Benson.

The funeral was scheduled to be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Underwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Morris and the Rev. John Craft officiating and burial following in Corinth United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Surviving are a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.


The Charlotte Observer (NC) – Thursday, 11-21-1996:

83, died Nov. 19, 1996. Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday at Spruce Street Baptist Church. Visitation is 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Davidson Funeral Home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 6-10-2005:

HAROLD E. BENSON, 67, 1910 Braswell Rd., Smithfield, June 8. Graveside 11 a.m., Saturday, Baker’s Chapel church cemetery. Arrangements by Casey Funeral Home, Princeton.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Sunday, 11-14-1999:

MAE B. STEWART, 88, Princeton, Nov. 13. Funeral 2 p.m., Monday, Casey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements by Casey Funeral Home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 9-13-2002:

CLAYTON — Maggie Benson Horton, 95, died September 12, 2002. Mrs. Horton was the wife of the late W.C. Horton.

Mrs. Horton is survived by her daughters, Sally K. Underwood of Clayton, Magaline H. Parrish of Zebulon; sisters, Helen B. Salman of Raleigh; brother, Swade Benson of Clayton; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2002 at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton. Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2002 at McLaurin Funeral Home chapel in Clayton. Rev Nathan E. Parrish and Rev. Jack Glasgow, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Clayton.

Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest, Funerals & Cremations, Clayton.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Sunday, 12-20-1998:

Ora Benson Childers, 90, died Friday. She was the widow of Frank B. Childers.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home in Selma.

Burial will be in the Piney Grove Church Cemetery near Four Oaks.

Surviving are: three daughters, JoAnn Crawford of Kenly, Jackie Shinn of China Grove, and Clara Allen of Princeton; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Piney Grove Pentecostal FWB Church Building Fund c/o Blanche Pope, P.O. Box 1245, Four Oaks, NC 27524.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Thursday, 2-12-1998:

Oscar Benson, 86, of 2501 Old US 70 W., died Tuesday. Arrangements by McLaurin Funeral Home. Graveside service 11 a.m. Friday at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with burial to follow.

Survivors wife, Irene P. Benson of Clayton; sons, Jimmy C. Benson of Clayton, Jerry K. Benson of Williamston, Mike W. Benson and Steve R. Benson of Clayton; half-sister, Miranda Stancil of Garner; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Monday, 05-16-2005:

SILAS R. BENSON, 87, Hwy. 301 S, Four Oaks, May 15. Funeral 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, funeral home chapel. Burial, Hills of the Neuse Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Minshew Funeral Home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 10-22-2003:

FOUR OAKS — Thomas Owen “Tommy” Benson, 60, of 2111 Boyette Road, Four Oaks, died Saturday afternoon at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., at Burnell Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Brock officiating. Burial, church cemetery.

Tommy was born in Johnston County on September 27, 1942.

He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Monroe Benson.

Surviving: son, Jason Benson of Chicago, IL; mother, Eunice Ryals Benson of Four Oaks; fiancee, Margaret LaRinda Creech of Smithfield; sister, Jenny Benson Rhodes of Four Oaks; brother, Curtis Wayne Benson of Benson.

Arrangements by Minshew Funeral home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Tuesday, 11-2-1999:

JACKIE L. DALE, 64, Selma, Oct. 31. Funeral 2 p.m., Wednesday, Chapel of Parrish Funeral Home. Burial, Sullivan Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Parrish Funeral Home, Inc.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Thursday, 12-16-2004:

LOOMIS H. DEBNAM, JR., 72, Selma, Dec. 15. Funeral 6 p.m., Friday, funeral home chapel. Burial 3 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Heights Cemetery, Smithfield. Arrangements by Parrish Funeral Home.


The Tampa Tribune (FL) – Tuesday, 7-7-1998:

FESSLER, William Alfred, 83, of Babson Park died June 30. Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.


The Miami Herald (FL) – Thursday, 8-29-1985:

FUCILE, Joseph L. Sr., 59, of Miami. Services 11 a.m. today, Stanfill Kendall Chapel.


The Daily News (Lebanon, PA) – Thursday, 9-8-2005:

Margaret Louise Smith, 81, of Mt. Gretna, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005, in M. S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

She was born November 22, 1923, in Selma Twp., Johnson Co., NC, a daughter of the late George Dewey and Pauline Wilkins High. She retired from the H. B. Reese Co. in Hershey as a production worker. She was an avid pinochle player and member of the Lebanon and Hershey senior centers, and member of the Hershey Italian Club. During World War II, she worked in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Government as a decoder.

Survivors include daughters Polly, spouse of Dennis Habecker of Mt. Gretna, Patricia, spouse of Chester Tobias of Davidson, NC, Peggy Lane, spouse of Jay Rexroth of Red Lion; and sons Edward, spouse of Ann Smith of Lebanon, David D. Smith Jr., spouse of Joan Smith of Palmyra; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sister Jean Debman of Selma, NC. She was preceded in death by husband David D. Smith, Sr.; sister Delia High and brother Edward A. High.

Viewing will be Saturday, September 10, 2005, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Christman Funeral Home, Inc., at 226 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, followed by services at 2:00 p.m.

Private burial will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to American Diabetes Association, 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


The Herald Sun – Tuesday, 10-14-1997:

Thell Leroy King, 83, resident of 118 Mickey Circle, died Monday afternoon in his home following declining health. He was born in Johnston County, the son of the late and Nettie Benson King. Mr. King had been a resident of Durham for most of his life and retired from the American Tobacco after 43 years of employment. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and the church’s Crabtree Sunday School Class. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruby McLamb King; one daughter, Linda Kay King of the home; two sons, Jerry Wayne King of Round Lake Beach, Ill., and Steven Lee King of Creedmoor; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Clements Funeral Chapel by Rev. Don Chasteen. Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Unger, Onzlow Painter, Danny Brown, Ed Shoe, Dan Terrell and Rev. Ernest Holt.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.


The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL) – Saturday, 4-13-2002:

JONES – Mrs. Hazel Lee, 84, died April 10, 2002. Peeples Family Funeral Homes.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 05-2-2003:

B. BRAXTON PARRISH, 75, Selma, April 30. Funeral 2 p.m., Saturday, funeral home chapel. Burial, Oakland Cemetery, Smithfield. Arrangements by Parrish Funeral Home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 9-1-2004:

FOUR OAKS — Mrs. Eunice Ryals Benson, 78, of Four Oaks, died Tuesday A.M. at her residence.

The funeral will be Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Beasley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving family are a daughter Jenny B. Rhodes of Four Oaks; son, Curtis Wayne Benson of Benson; sisters, Elsie Smith of Raleigh, Jo Ryals and Mary Stanley, both of Four Oaks; grandchildren, Kelvin Wayne Benson, Joseph Owen Benson, both of Four Oaks, and Jason Tate Benson of Chicago, IL; great-grandchildren, Derek Wayne Benson and Dalton Wayne Benson.

Preceded in death by parents, Edgar and Flossie Tyner Ryals; husband, Owen Monroe Benson; sons, Thomas Owen Benson and Joseph Edward Benson.

Family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.


The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Tuesday, 5-8-2001:

Mrs. Betty Ruth Simpson Wilkins, 69, of 2907 Duke Homestead Rd., died Sunday evening at . Mrs. Wilkins was born in Kannapolis, N.C., the daughter of the late John Calvin and Edith Sims Simpson. She was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilkins was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Wilkins.

Mrs. Wilkins is survived by a daughter, Deborah Boykin and husband, Johnny, of Durham; a sister, Joyce Simpson Porterfield, of Durham; a brother, David Simpson, of Stem; and two grandchildren, Josh Boykin, of Durham, and Katie Boykin, of Wilmington.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Malbert Smith, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and at other times at the home of her daughter, Deborah Boykin, 120 November Dr., Durham. Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 620 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, N.C. 27603.


The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Monday, 11-18-2002:

CLINTON — Walter Leo Stancil, 71, of 108 Carolina Ave., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.

Mr. Stancil was a retired magistrate and formerly owned and operated Stancil’s TV. He was a member of Grove Park Baptist Church.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Grove Park Baptist Church by the Revs. Michael Shook and L.D. Creech. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park.

Mr. Stancil is survived by his wife, Peggy B. Stancil; a daughter, Ruth A. Miller of Clinton; two sons, Robert W. Stancil of Montgomery, Texas, and David L. Stancil of Clinton; his mother, Louise W. Stancil of Clinton; a brother, Tommie Stancil of Grayling, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Royal-Hall Funeral Home in Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27530; or to Grove Park Baptist Church, 609 Northeast Blvd., Clinton, NC 28328.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – November 18, 2002:

WALTER L. STANCIL, 71, Nov. 16. Funeral 11 a.m., Tuesday, Grove Park Baptist Church. Burial, Grandview Memorial Park. Arrangements by Royal-Hall Funeral Home.


The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Sunday, 12-3-2000:

Mr. Horace B. Strayhorn, 83, of Durham, died Saturday, December 2, 2000. He was a Durham police officer and later in life worked for the sheriff’s department as chief jailor. He was active with the Durham Shriners. Arrangements are pending through Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.

The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Monday, 12-4-2000:

Mr. Horace B. Strayhorn, 83, of Durham, died Saturday, December 2, 2000. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 to 9 at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 6-28-2006:

ELIZABETH U. MOORE, 76, 302 W. Stallings Street, Clayton, June 27. Funeral 11 a.m., Friday, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Burial, Maplewood Cemetery. Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest.


The Smithfield Herald – Tuesday, 6-27-1916:

An Aged Man Passes

In Memory of an Old Confederate Soldier

On Tuesday night, June 20, 1916, at midnight, the death angel entered the home of Willie A. Wallace in Elevation township and bore to the great beyond the spirit of his father, James Wallace, at the age of 87 years.

Mr. Wallace served his country during the Civil War in Company I, 24th Regiment Infantry. He leaves three sons and three daughters, 27 grandchildren and two great grand children to mourn their loss.

The funeral services were conducted by Elder W. B. Strickland, of the Free Will Baptist Church, of which he was a consistent member for a number of years. The remains were interred in the family graveyard at Mr. Calvin Barbour’s, near where he passed away.

Minnie L. Salmon


unknown newspaper:

Mrs. Delia Wallace Wilkins died September 23, 1958 at her home in Selma. Funeral services were held at Selma Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday, September 25, 1958, with burial following in the cemetery of Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Cleveland Road, Smithfield, NC.

She was born April 28, 1872 to James and Louiza Benson Wallace.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Bertie Wilkins, and two sons, Charlie Van, and James Clinton Wilkins, Sr.

Surviving are two daughters, Pauline High and Christine Green both of Selma; two sons, Edward S. of Selma and Lee R. Wilkins of Durham; a brother, W. A. Wallace of Saratoga; 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.


The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Monday, 6-4-2001:

Mr. James “Jim” Clinton Wilkins Jr., age 72, a resident of 5323 N. Highland Dr., died early Sunday morning at Triangle Hospice Meadowlands. He was the son of the late James Clinton Wilkins Sr. and Lillie Woods Wilkins. Mr. Wilkins was born in Johnston Co. and served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. Mr. Wilkins was employed with AT&T for 36 years as a craftsman and with Durham Regional Hospital for five years before retiring. He was an avid Duke sports fan and a lifetime member of the Iron Duke Club. Mr. Wilkins was a member of the Bragtown Lions Club and served as past president.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Godwin Wilkins; daughter, Joy Wilkins Vollers of Bahama; son, Dan Wilkins of Rougemont; sisters, Leone Johnson of Aiken, S.C., and Maxine Seawell of Selma; brother, Seth Wilkins of Welake, Fla.; grandchildren, Dana Wilkins, Dylan Wilkins, Brad Vollers, and Britney Rigsbee; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday evening 7 to 9 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TriangleHospice, 1804 Martin Luther King Pkwy., Suite 112, Durham, N.C. 27707.


The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Saturday, 1-21-1995:

Mr. Lee R. ”Bobby” Wilkins Jr., 63, of 2904 Duke Homestead Road, died Thursday, Jan. 19, at Durham Regional Hospital.

Mr. Wilkins, a lifelong resident of Durham, was the son of the late Swanna and Lee R. Wilkins Sr. He was a Navy veteran. Before retiring in 1993, Mr. Wilkins was employed with Uzzle Motor Co. for 44 years. He was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Clements Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Dr. Malbert Smith. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

Mr. Wilkins is survived by his wife, Mrs. Betty Ruth Simpson Wilkins; a daughter, Mrs. Deborah Wilkins Boykin of Durham; and two grandchildren. Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3500 Westgate Drive, Suite 201, Durham 27707.


The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Thursday, 8-15-2002:

VASS — Levi “Chunk” Wilkins, 59, of 2045 Lobelia Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, in First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.


unknown newspaper:

Pauline Wilkins High died on Sunday, 29 September 1991, in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield. She was born in Johnston County 18 October 1906 to Charlie B. and Delia Wallace Wilkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George D. High, a son, Edward A. High, brothers, Charlie V., James C., Lee R. and Edward S. Wilkins.

Surviving are daughters Jean Debnam of Selma and Margaret Smith of Lebanon, Pa., 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

The funeral was held 1 October 1991 at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma with Rev. Terry Woodard presiding. Burial followed in Oakland Heights Cemetery in Smithfield.


Aiken Standard, Aiken, SC – Wednesday, 11-15-1978:

Virgil R. Wilkins, chief of staff of the Aiken County Sherriff’s Department, died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. Wilkins, 48, a veteran of law enforcement in Aiken County, entered the Aiken Community Hospital Saturday morning after complaining of chest pains. He died yesterday at 11.15 a.m.

Sherriff Paul D. Grant, who had worked with Wilkins on and off for the past 25 years, said, “Mr. Wilkins death is a great loss to the department and to the people of Aiken County. He has been working under great stress and strain as do all police officers of these times. I lost a dear friend, and the youth of this community lost a dedicated police officer who gave many years to youth activities during his early career.”

Wilkins is well remembered by county youths for programs he implemented. He also was the recent recipient of the Silver Star for Bravery Award. The American Law Enforcement Officers Association presented Wilkins with the award last May for the role he played in handling the 1977 jail break at the Aiken County jail. He was later instrumental in aiding in the capture of the prisoners who escaped. The Silver Star was the latest in a long list of awards presented to Wilkins.

Before coming to the Sherriff’s Department in 1971, he was a police officer with the city of Aiken for 14 years. He had also been Director of Public Safety in Eden, NC and town manager of another small Tar Heel Community.

Born in Goldsboro, NC, but grew up in Selma. He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Having not finished high school before his naval service, he came back to Selma, went back to Selma High School, graduated, and attended Campell Junior College. He was active in many civic organizations and was a member of Levels Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors are his wife, Phyllis Reese Wilkins; daughters, Tanjia Wilkins Ergle and Hollye Wilkins; a son, Virgil R. Wilkins, Jr.; 4 sisters, Estelle Weaver and Maxine Seawell of Selma, NC, Ruth Hughes of Norfolk, VA, and Leone Johnson of Aiken; 3 brothers, John Wilkins of Raleigh, NC, James Wilkins of Durham, NC and Seth Wilkins of Tampa, FL.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Aiken Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deputies of the Sherriff’s Department, Aiken Public Safety Officers, Highway Patrol Officers, Aiken Youth Correctional Officials and city and county officials.