Descendants of William Henry Benson Obituaries

AGNES IMOGENE (AVERY) BYRD

Daily Record, (Dunn, NC):

Agnes Avery Byrd, 78, of Erwin died Monday afternoon, April 3, 2006, at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Erwin Memorial Park by the Rev. Jerome Pope.

Survivors include sons, Roger Dales Giles, Rodney Maylon Giles, Johnny Mack Strickland, Larry Glenn Strickland and Gary Lelon Benson, all of Erwin; daughters, Brenda Strickland Newsome of Selma, Wanda Faye Stewart of Erwin and Gay Wilson of Erwin; a sister, Carolyn Irene Sessoms of Sanford; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Price Funeral Home in Erwin.

HERMIE CLEO (BARBOUR) LANGDON

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Wednesday, 9-2-1998:

BENSON — Mrs. Hermie Barbour Langdon, 95, of Benson died Monday in her home.

Mrs. Langdon and her late husband, Jasper Langdon, owned and operated Jack Langdon’s Store for more than 40 years before retiring. She was a member of Johnson Memorial Church.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Johnson Memorial Church by Drs. Herbert Carter and Billy Cashwell and the Rev. R.B. Parrish. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Langdon is survived by a son, Robert ”Bobby” Langdon of Benson; a sister, Lula B. Merritt of the home; a brother, S. Blight Barbour of Angier; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Jack and Hermie Langdon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1309, Garner, N.C. 27529.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 9-2-1998:

Mrs. Hermie Barbour Langdon, died at her home on Monday, August 31 at the age of 95.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Memorial Church.

Officiating will be the Drs. Herbert Carter, Billy Cashwell, and Rev. R.B. Parrish. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Langdon, a native of Johnston County, was born March 13, 1903, the daughter of the late Samuel Festus Barbour and Zora Elizabeth Benson Barbour and was one of six children.

She was married to Jasper “Jack” Langdon on December 31, 1924.

Jack and Hermie owned and operated “Jack Langdon’s Store” located on Highway 50 North of Benson.

The business was established in 1925 and was an important part of the community for more than 40 years until their retirement. The store continues to bear his name and is operated by their family. In addition to the store, Jack and Hermie managed a family farming business.

Hermie was a member of Johnson Memorial Church and in 1926, she was ordained as Deaconess of the church. She was a secretary of the Mission Society in 1943 and remained active in the Ladies’s Auxiliary.

Her kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity to those in sickness and in need have endeared her to the hearts of many in the church and community. Her acts of compassion touched the young and old, as she gave guidance, love, and encouragement so unselfishly. Her neighbors and friends will always remember and cherish the gifts they received on the special occasions in their childhood, such as births, birthdays, and Christmas. She was affectionately called Ma or Aunt Hermie by those who lives she touched in a very special way.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Langdon and Lee Johnson Langdon of Benson; sister, Lula Barbour Merritt of the home; brother, S. Blight Barbour of Angier; grandchildren, Debra and Donald Warren of Fuquay-Varina and Robert and Jan Langdon II of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Donald Warren Jr., David Warren, Meagan Langdon, and Rob Langdon.

Mrs. Langdon was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper “Jack” Langdon; brothers, Foster Barbour, Colon Barbour and Earl Barbour.

The family will receive friends at Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to the Jack and Hermie Langdon Memorial Fund that was established to assist young people in their divinity studies at Campbell University.

Contributions can be mailed to the Jack and Hermie Langdon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1309, Garner, NC 27529.

LULA MAY (BARBOUR) MERRITT

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 11-10-2006:

Mrs. Lula B. Merritt died at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on Nov. 8, 2006, at the age of 83. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 at Benson Grove Baptist Church, 6966 NC 50 North, Benson, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. Billy Cashwell. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6-9 p.m.

A native of Johnston County and long-time member of Benson Grove Baptist Church, Mrs. Merritt was the daughter of the late Samuel Festus Barbour and Zora Benson Barbour of Johnston County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royall L. Merritt; a sister, Hermie B. Langdon; brothers, Samuel B. Barbour Sr., Foster Barbour, Colon Barbour and Earl Barbour; nephews Sexton Barbour, Max Barbour and Jack Earl Barbour; niece, Maureen Barbour; and niece-in-law Jean H. Barbour.

Mrs. Merritt and her husband moved to Melbourne, FL, in 1961. While there, she worked as a project manager for Harris Electronics Corp., retiring 20 years ago. Earlier this year, she returned to her native Johnston County to live. God and family were the center of her life. Her nieces and nephews became the children she never had, and she loved them as her own. “Aunt Lu” was a selfless person, always willing to sacrifice for the needs of others and always there when needed by family and friends.

Her surviving nieces are: Jessie B. Price of Knightdale, Jean B. Bridgers of Apex, Marie B. Webster of Jacksonville, Sharon B. Heeden of Goldsboro, Peggy B. Barefoot of Coats, and Alice B. Piver of Jacksonville.

Surviving nephews are: Bobby Langdon of Benson, O’Brine Barbour of Raleigh, and Samuel B. Barbour Jr. of Angier.

Surviving nieces-in-law are: Brenda B. Blanchard and Carolyn Barbour of Angier, Lee Langdon of Benson, Barbara Barbour of Raleigh, and Dorothy Barbour of Florida.

Surviving nephews-in-law are: Johnny Webster of Jacksonville and J.C. Barefoot of Coats. She is also survived by stepdaughter-in-law, Ruby Merritt of Melbourne, FL; step-grandsons, Reid and Chris Merritt of Melbourne, FL, and William and David Cooke of Virginia; and 19 great-nephews and eight great nieces.

Memorials may be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 6966 NC 50 North, Benson, NC 27504.

Arrangements are by West & Dunn Funeral Home of Benson, NC.

SAMUEL BLIGHT BARBOUR

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 5-15-2002:

ANGIER — Samuel Blight Barbour Sr., 86 of 7259 N.C. 50 N., Angier died Monday, May 13, 2002. Mr. Barbour was a member of Benson Grove for over 50 years, past church treasurer for many years and also served as a Trustee. He was a retired farmer and a devoted family man.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Benson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Cashwell officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Surviving are: son and daughter- in-law, Samuel and Carolyn Barbour of Angier; daughter, Sharon B. Heeden of Goldsboro; sister, Lula B. Merritt of Melbourne, FL. Mr. Barbour was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Benson Barbour; son, Alfred Max Barbour; and daughter, Zora Maureen Barbour.

Memorials may be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 1, Benson, NC 27504. Family will receive friends on Wednesday night, May 15th 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by West & Dunn Funeral Home, Benson, NC.

EVA A. (BEASLEY) BENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Monday, 10-20-2003:

EVA B. BENSON, 93, Yorktown, Va., formerly of Four Oaks, Oct. 18. Graveside 2 p.m., Tuesday, Corinth United Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Minshew Funeral Home, Four Oaks.

Daily Press (Newport News, VA) – Monday, 10-20-2003:

YORKTOWN – Eva A. Benson, 93, just two weeks before her 94th birthday, went to her heavenly reward on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003. She was the oldest member of Lakeside Church of God of Prophecy.

Eva was loved by all that knew her. She always had a smile for you.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Wade H. Benson Sr.; son, Wade H. Benson Jr.; and a grandson, Mark Benson.

Left to cherish her memory are Nell Benson, who she made her home with for the last 25 years, Mildred Benson of Smithfield, Betty Nesbitt and her husband, Wally, of Yorktown; sister, Cassie Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a daughter-in-law, Jean Benson of Fayetteville, N.C. Eva had eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Peninsula Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Barnes officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service and at other times at her home, 106 Rich Road, Yorktown. Eva will be laid to rest beside her husband, Wade, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Corinth Methodist Church in Four Oaks, N.C.

ALDIS BENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Thursday, 3-3-2005:

ALDIS BENSON, 90, Benson, March 1. Funeral 2 p.m., Friday, Benson Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

BENJAMIN ODELL BENSON

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Tuesday, 11-11-1997:

BENSON — Odell Benson, 71, of Benson died Sunday in his home. He was a retired carpenter. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in Fellowship Community Cemetery by the Rev. Billy Cashwell. Arrangements are being handled by Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

Mr. Benson is survived by two brothers, Bennie R. Benson of Angier and Jasper D. Benson of Durham; and three sisters, Willa D. Byrd of Angier, and Shirley F. Byrd and Gertrude Wright, both of Durham.

CLELON H. BENSON

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Sunday, 11-1-1998:

HIGHLAND, Ind. — Clelon H. Benson, 70, of Highland, formerly of Benson, N.C., died Thursday.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rose & Graham Funeral Home chapel in Benson by the Revs. Randy Lucas and Steve Lawson. Entombment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Benson.

Mr. Benson is survived by his wife, Ruth Benson; two daughters, Rhonda Redar of Schererville and Lynn Rogers of Holbrook; a son, Mark C. Benson of Benson; his mother, Ellen W. Benson; a sister, Margaret Butler of Clinton; a brother, Jesse Benson of Indian Head, Md.; and a grandson.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the home of Mark C. Benson, 912 E. Main St. in Benson.

DON LARRY BENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 4-27-2001:

Larry Benson, 58, of 7302 N.C. 50 N., Angier, NC died Thursday, April 26, 2001. Funeral 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Benson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Cashwell, Barry Barbour, Rev. Mike Courtney. Burial, Benson Grove Church Cemetery.

Surviving: mother, Gladys B. Benson of Benson; two brothers and sisters-inlaw, Freddie and Betty Benson of Oak Island, Michael and Sherry Benson of Lillington; several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday night, April 27, 2001 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1 Benson, NC 27504. Arrangements by West & Dunn Funeral Home, Benson, NC.

GEORGIA E. (BENSON) LEE

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 10-4-2002:

Mrs. Georgia Benson Lee, 93, of 2152 NC Hwy. 50 South, died Wednesday at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church. Officiating will be the Revs. Sam Worley and Doug Abel. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Lee was born November 21, 1908 in Johnston County to the late Newitt and Edith McLamb Benson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Lee; daughter, Dorothy Lee Sanders; son, J. Graylon Lee.

Mrs. Lee was a homemaker and a member of Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church.

Surviving: sons and daughters-in-law, W. Homer and Jackie Lee, and Jerry P. and Betty Lee, all of Benson; daughter-in-law, Ruby D. Lee of Benson; sisters, Ila Hudson of Benson, Mallie Stevens of Smithfield, Ruth Parker of Four Oaks; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church, Benson.

Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Saturday, 10-5-2002:

GEORGIA B. LEE, 93, 2152 NC Hwy. 50 South, Benson, Oct. 2. Funeral 11 a.m., today, Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church. Burial, church cemetery. Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

GERTRUDE (BENSON) STEPHENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 3-19-1999:

GERTRUDE B. STEPHENSON, 90, Benson, March 17. Funeral 11 a.m., Saturday, funeral home chapel. Burial, Banner Chapel Church Cemetery, Benson. Arrangements by Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home, Dunn.

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Friday, 3-19-1999:

BENSON – Mrs. Gertrude Benson Stephenson, 90, of 5581 Elevation Road died Wednesday in Britthaven of Harnett in Erwin.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cromartie-Miller & Lee Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Earl Pender. Burial will be in Banner Chapel Church cemetery.

Mrs. Stephenson is survived by a son, James E. Stephenson of Springfield, Va.; two daughters, Catherine S. Davis of Roanoke Rapids and Barbara S. Scoggins of Willow Springs; a sister, Margaret Atkins of Seal Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the funeral home.

HAROLD EDWARD BENSON

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Friday, 12-29-2000:

ERWIN — Harold “Pat” Benson, 86, of 202 S. 18th St. died Thursday in Britthaven Nursing Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Erwin Memorial Park by the Rev. Jerome Pope.

Mr. Benson is survived by his wife, Billie P. Benson of Erwin; a daughter, Barbara West of Erwin; a brother, Angus Benson of Dunn; a sister, Ruth Tart of Dunn; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Price Funeral Home in Erwin and at other times at the home.

JEANNE (BENSON) SCALLON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Thursday, 10-4-2001:

RALEIGH – Jeanne B. Scallon, 68 of 6808 Fairpoint Court, died Monday at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Johnston County to Leah Ogburn Benson and the late Lester Benson.

She was a graduate of Garner High School and was employed by Nationwide Insurance Company until her retirement in 1995 after 33 years of service. She is survived by her son, Leonard Aiken and his wife, Johanna of Cary daughter, Tamara Wicker and her husband, Michael of Pinehurst daughter, Teresa Figueroa and her husband, Peter of Raleigh; grandchildren, Mark Aiken, Lucas Aiken Joshua Sugg and Nathaniel Figueroa; brothers, Jimmy Benson of Raleigh and Jackie Benson of Benson. In addition to her father her son Larry Aiken preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends Wednesday at 7-9 p.m. at Montlawn Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Montlawn Chapel. Interment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home 7721073.

JOYCE (BENSON) SMITH

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 1-30-2004:

GARNER — Mrs. Joyce Benson Smith, 66, of 1329 West Garner Rd., Garner, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004.

Funeral service Friday, January 30, 2004 11:00 a.m. Benson Grove Baptist Church, Benson, with Pastor Billy Cashwell officiating. Burial, Benson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation at the funeral home Thursday, January 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Survivors: brother, G.P. Benson of Benson; sisters, Arlee B. Howard of Willow Springs, Mary B. Strevel of Benson, Cleo B. Radford of Dunn; stepchildren, Kathy Wood of Raleigh and Dwight Smith of Raleigh; mother-in-law, Madie Mills Smith of Angier; step grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, Joe Vance Smith, parents, George P. and Lillie Ann Parrish Benson, sister, Uldine B. Langdon and stepson, Wayne Smith.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1, Benson, NC 27504.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Benson Grove Baptist Church and a member of Garner Senior Citizens Center.

Arrangements by West & Dunn Funeral Home, Benson, NC.

MALLIE (BENSON) STEVENS

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Sunday, 4-17-2005:

SMITHFIELD — Mallie Benson Ellis Stevens, age 86, of South Third St., Smithfield, died Friday evening at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was born in Johnston County on October 1, 1918 to the late Newitt and Edith Benson.

Funeral will be held Monday, 2 p.m., at Hickory Grove AC Church. Burial will follow at Hills of The Neuse Memory Gardens.

Surviving are: husband, Harold L. Stevens, Sr.; daughter, Jo Ann Barbour of Smithfield; sons, Dallas Ryals of Rockville, MD and Charles Ellis of Burlington, NC; step-sons, Harold L. Stevens, Jr. of Princeton and Leon Stevens of Sanford; sisters, Ruth Parker of Four Oaks and Ila Hudson of Benson; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Minshew Funeral Home.

MARGARET (BENSON) ATKINS

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 8-2-2006:

RALEIGH — Margaret Benson Atkins, 93, of Raleigh and Benson died July 30, 2006 in Garden Grove, California.

Margaret retired from the N.C. Department of Highways and spent the last 10 years in Southern California. She was married three times James I. Sterling, Oscar D. Mills, and Percy M. Atkins. Only James Sterling still survives and lives in Sii Valley, California. She leaves her son and his wife, Michael and Aileen Sterling; former daughter-in-law, Carolyn Sterling; three grandchildren, Heather O’Brien, Hillary Yerkish, and Aaron Sterling; three great-grandchildren, Joshua and Travis O’Brien, and Avery Yerkish.

Margaret believed in the value of formal education and provided much of the financial help necessary to ensure that her son and grandchildren would graduate from college.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2006 at Brown Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary’s Street.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2006 at Raleigh National Cemetery.

MARY (BENSON) STREVEL

Dunn Daily Record (Dunn, NC) – Monday, 9-26-2005:

Mary Ann Benson Tew Strevel, 72, of 6872 N.C. 50 North, Benson, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. She was preceded in death by sisters, Uldine Langdon and Joyce Smith. Funeral services were held this morning at 11 at Benson Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa Tew Shearon and husband Pat of Delaware; sons, Don Tew and wife Debbie of Apex, Danny Tew and wife Lynn of Garner, David Tew and wife Glenda of Rockwell; stepchildren, Doug Strevel and wife Debi of South Carolina, Joey Strevel and wife Karen of Williamston, and Ginger Strevel of Williamston; grandchildren, Landria Tew Benish and husband Brian of Cary, Ryan Tew of Whitsett, N.C., Dana Shearon England and husband Kevin of New Jersey, Kimberly Shearon of Delaware, Trista Tew and Mandy Tew, both of Rockwell, and Daniel Tew and Darrin Tew, both of Garner; brother, G.P. Benson and wife Alease of Benson; sisters, Cleo Radford of Benson and Arlee Howard of Willow Spring; numerous nieces and nephews; 10 stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highway Shepard Ministry at Benson Grove Baptist Church, N.C. 50 North, Benson, NC 27504.

A service of West & Dunn Funeral Home of Benson.

MARY WILLADEAN (BENSON) BYRD

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Tuesday, 3-6-2001:

BENSON – Mrs. Mary Willadean Benson Byrd, 76, formerly of Benson, died at the home of Pat and Larry Barbour (daughter and son-in-law), where she resided for the last three years. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson. Officiating will be the Revs. Billy Nowell and Aubrey Williamson. Burial will follow in Fellowship Community Cemetery.

Mrs. Byrd was born August 30, 1924 in Johnston County to the late Lundy L. and Eliza Parrish Benson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shepard Rudolph Byrd and a daughter, Willa Mae B. Sorrell. Mrs. Byrd was a homemaker and a long-time member of Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church in Benson until after her husband’s death, when she became a member of St. Mary’s Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving: daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Larry Barbour of Clayton; son, Kenneth R. Byrd, Sr. of Potecasi; sisters, Shirley Faye Byrd and Gertrude Wright, both of Durham; brothers, Bennie Ray Benson of Angier, Jasper Denton Benson of Durham; grandchildren, James Barbour, Jason Barbour, Yvette S. Davis, Shannon B. Stephenson, and Kenneth R. Byrd, Jr.; great-grandsons, Shepard Barbour and Christian Davis.

The family will be at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and other times at the home of Pat and Larry Barbour 7684 Cleveland Rd., Clayton. Flowers are welcome, however memorials may be made to Johnston Home Care & Hospice, 509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC 27577 or to St. Mary’s Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Cathy Langdon, 7151 Raleigh Road Benson, NC 27504.

PAMELA (BENSON) BLAND

Dunn Daily Record – Monday, 10-10-2005:

Pamela Benson Bland, 35, of Benson died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at her residence. Mrs. Bland was born June 12, 1970, in Johnston County to Sharon Blackmon Strickland and Michael Wade Benson. She was a homemaker and a member of Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Carl F. Blackmon Sr.; and paternal grandfather, Wade Benson.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church in Benson. Officiating will be the Rev. Glenn Fell and Gerald Allen. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Benson.

Survivors include her husband, James A. Bland; daughter, Jessica Reigh Bland of the home; a son, James Aaron Bland of the home; mother and stepfather, Sharon and Floyd Strickland of Benson; father and stepmother, Michael and Sherry Benson of Benson; brothers, Michael Ray Benson and wife Misty, Don Benson and wife Rhonda, all of Benson; stepsisters, Regina Urtz of Raleigh and Kim Brewer of Clayton; maternal grandmother, Gladys Blackmon of Benson; paternal grandmother, Gladys Benson of Benson; maternal stepgrandmother, Rachel Strickland of Dunn; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson and other times at the home of Sharon and Floyd Strickland, 2734 N.C. 242 North, Benson. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.RoseGrahamFuneralServices.com.

RUTH (BENSON) TART

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Wednesday, 4-12-2000:

ERWIN — Ms. Ruth Benson Tart, 81, of Erwin died Friday in Good Hope Hospital.

A graveside service was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Erwin Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Skinner Funeral Home.

Ms. Tart is survived by a daughter, Peggy J. Suggs of Dunn; three grandchildren whom she raised, James K. Godwin, Sonny R. Godwin and Donald R. Suggs, all of Erwin; and two brothers, Harold Benson and Angus Benson, both of Erwin.

SHERBERT EDGAR BENSON

Greensboro News & Record (NC) – Monday, 9-10-2001:

BENSON Mr. Sherbert Edgar Benson, 83, of 7504 NC 50 North, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at his residence.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Benson Grove Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Revs. Billy Cashwell and Terry Golden. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Benson.

Mr. Benson was born June 19, 1918, in Johnston County, to the late Edgar A. and Mary “Molly” Coats Benson. He was a member of Benson Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Benson served in the US Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Banner Post 109 American Legion, the Johnston County Seabees and the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club.

Surviving are his wife, Eva Adams Benson; daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Jean B. and Jerry L. Douglas of Greensboro, Drs. Janice B. and E. Randall Allen of Benson and Sue B. and Jerry Vann of Angier; sisters, Estelle B. Flythe of Garner and Eloise Worrell of Tampa, Fla.; brother, Shelton A. Benson of Benson; and grandchildren, Jeremy Vann, Adam Vann and Matthew Douglas.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, at Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Monday, 9-10-2001:

BENSON — Sherbert Edgar Benson, 83, of 7504 N.C. 50 North, died Saturday in his home.

Mr. Benson was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Benson Grove Baptist Church, American Legion Banner Post 109 and the Disabled American Commanders Club.

The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Benson Grove Baptist Church by the Revs. Billy Cashwell and Terry Golden. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Mr. Benson is survived by his wife, Eva A. Benson; three daughters, Jean Douglas of Greensboro, Janice Allen of Benson and Sue Vann of Angier; two sisters, Estelle B. Flythe of Garner and Eloise Worrell of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Shelton A. Benson of Benson; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Tuesday, 09-11-2001:

SHERBERT E. BENSON, 83, 7504 NC 50 North, Benson, Sept. 8. Funeral 3 p.m., today, Benson Grove Baptist Church. Burial, Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Inc.

THURLDEAN (BENSON) FERRELL

The Herald-Sun – Tuesday, 11-07-2000:

Mrs. Thurldean “Dean” Benson Ferrell, age 69, of 3903 Hanford Road, died Sunday morning at her residence. Mrs. Ferrell was born in Johnston Co. daughter of the late Preston C. and Velma Parrish Benson. She was educated in the Durham County Schools. She was employed as a waitress until her retirement. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hall- Wynne Funeral Chapel.

Surviving are two daughters Kay Barbee of Emerald Isle, and Ann Duncan of Wilmington; one son, Tony Denning of Wilmington; three sisters, Mary Dominik and Leona Mallick both of Durham, and Peggy Carden of Bladenboro, two brothers, Ronald Benson and Preston Garfield Benson both of Durham; two grandchildren.

In lieu flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603. The family will receive friends after the service, and other times will be at 2313 Carver Street.

Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

LILLIE (BULLOCK) LANGDON

Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) – Monday, 1-6-1997:

WILLOW SPRINGS — Lillie Langdon C. Kearney, 83, died Saturday, January 4, 1997. Funeral 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 7, 1997, at Willow Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Burial, church cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie V. Langdon, and sons, Charles W. Langdon and Victor Lloyd Langdon.

Surviving are daughters, Christine L. Byrd, of Angier, Peggy L. Williams, of Garner, and Frances L. Fletcher, of Durham; sons, Bruce Langdon, of Clayton, Roscoe Langdon and Thomas Langdon, both of Garner, and Bobby Langdon, of Matthews; sister, Shena Mason, of Raleigh; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and step-children, Van Coats and Lucille McGee, both of Garner, Edna C. Oliver, of Maysville, and Emma Mae Kearney Rouse, of Snow Hill.

ANTHONY KEITH DENNING

The Herald-Sun – Sunday, 11-09-2003:

CAROLINA BEACH – Anthony “Tony” Keith Denning, of Carolina Beach, N.C. died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. He was born in Durham, N.C., on February 6, 1965, the son of Walter Denning of Durham and the late Thurldean “Dean” Benson Ferrell.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are two sisters, Ann Duncan of Wilmington and Kay Barbee of Emerald Isle, N.C.; two children, Christopher Keith Denning and Jessica Denning; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Zimmer Cancer Center, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington, N.C. 28401 – Andrews Mortuary.

HELEN LEMAY (DUNCAN) TALTON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 5-15-2002:

SMITHFIELD — Helen Lemay Duncan Talton, 81, died Monday afternoon in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Born May 12, 1921 in the Clayton community of Johnston County to the late David Turner and Nola Betra Coats Duncan, she was the widow of Sherwood C. Talton and was preceded in death by her son, Sherwood William Talton and brothers, Billy Duncan and David Duncan, Jr. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Smithfield.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Lee Colbert to officiate.

Surviving: daughter, Shirley T. Hobbs and husband, Bryan of Smithfield; sister, Thyra Hinson of Grimesland.

Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family.

CARLIE (HONEYCUTT) SPIVEY

Greensboro News & Record (NC) – Wednesday, 6-30-1999:

COATS – Carlie H. Spivey, 94, 501 Orange Street, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Harnett Manor Nursing Home, Lillington.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 1999, at Coats Baptist Church. Jesse Mooney. Burial will be in Kennebec Cemetery, Angier.

LETTIE GERTRUDE (HONEYCUTT) LUCAS

Dunn Daily Record, (Dunn, NC) – Saturday, 5-13-2006:

Letty H. Lucas of Erwin died early Thursday morning, May 11, 2006, at her home.

She was a member and director of the N.C. Hairdressers & Cosmetologists. She was district deputy, Worthy Matron and grand marshal of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Erwin First Baptist Church. Mrs. Lucas served as president and secretary of her Sunday school class and secretary of the WMU. Mrs. Lucas was a former member of Erwin Chapter Eastern Star 230 and a member of Dunn Eastern Star Chapter 59.

She was the daughter of the late Simon P. and Mary Ida Benson Honeycutt and was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edwin Lucas in 1995.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Erwin First Baptist Church by the Revs. Keith Goretzka, Jerry Hicks and Jimmy Wood. Burial will follow at Erwin Memorial Park.

Survivors include a daughter,Ruth Morgan and husband Larry of Dunn; grandsons, Ed Morgan and wife Wendy of Dunn, Roger Morgan and wife Becky of Lenoir; and a great-grandchild, Cody Morgan of Lenoir.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Price Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 S. 12th St., Erwin, NC 28339; or to Liberty Hospice, 105 Hunt Valley Drive, Dunn, NC 28334.

ALTON CLINGMAN LANGDON

The News & Observer – Thursday, 6-7-2001:

WILLOW SPRING – Mr. Alton Clingman “A.C.” Langdon, age 64, of 1780 White Memorial Church Rd, died Wednesday at his residence. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be Revs. Ken Haines and Herbert Underwood. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery, Willow Spring. Mr. Langdon was born May 25, 1937 in Johnston County to the late Alton and Lunette Stephenson Langdon. He had retired after 30 years from Harris Wholesale in Raleigh and was employed with the North Carolina Department of Correction. Mr. Langdon was a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, served as a Deacon and Elder.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth L. Langdon; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Richard Denning; two grandchildren, Adam and Jessica Denning; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty L. and Wallace Ashworth, Jean L. and Glenn Wilson, Carol L. and Curtis Price, Patricia L. and Wilson Lee, all of Willow Spring, Dale L. Slaughter of Garner, and Nancy L. and Frankie Anderson of Fuquay-Varina; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Doris Langdon of WillowSpring.

The family will receive friends at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday.

DAVID BRUCE LANGDON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 6-2-2006:

David B. Langdon, 59, May 31, 2006. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church. Rev. Mitch Lockamy will be officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy E. Langdon; son, Shawn Langdon of Smithfield; daughter, Sharon Nolan and husband, Jeremy of Cleveland, TX; granddaughters, Kay Leigh Nolan and Kate Lynn Nolan, both of Cleveland, TX; brothers, Tom Langdon and Roscoe Langdon, both of Garner, Bobby Langdon of Matthews; sisters, Mary Frances Fletcher of Durham, Peggy Williams of Garner, Christine Byrd of Angier.

The family will receive friends and relatives 6:30-8 p.m. Friday evening at McLaurin Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, Building Fund, 3514 N. Shiloh Road, Garner, NC 27529. Condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com. Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest, Funerals & Cremations, Clayton.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Monday, January 6, 1997, at Thomas Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Willow Springs Primitive Baptist Church, c/o J.M. Mewborn, PO Box 1358, Coats NC 27521.

FRANCES (LANGDON) PARKER

Smithfield Herald – Friday, 5-7-2004:

Frances L. Parker, 76

Frances Langdon Parker, 76, of Langdon Avenue in Smithfield died Wednesday, May 5. Born Aug. 26, 1927, in Johnston County, Mrs. Parker was a daughter of the late Raeford and Bessie Ogburn Langdon. She was the widow of Linwood J. Parker. Mrs. Parker was a member of North Smithfield Baptist Church.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma. The Revs. Wayne Johnson and L.E. Godwin Jr. officiated. Burial followed in the cemetery at Barbour’s Chapel Church near Four Oaks.

Surviving are a son, Thomas R. Lassiter of Four Oaks; a brother, Earl Langdon of Raleigh; a sister, Anna Ruth Parker of Raleigh; and a grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to North Smithfield Baptist Church, 19 E. Dail St., Smithfield, N.C. 27577.

GARLAND HARDING LANGDON

Dunn Daily Record – Tuesday, 3-22-2005:

Garland Harding Langdon, 84, of 10036 N.C. 50, Benson, died Monday at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. He was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Johnston County to the late J. Willis and Sally Byrd Langdon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Uldine Benson Langdon.

Mr. Langdon was a retired farmer and painter. He attended Benson Grove Baptist Church, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, member of of Banner Post 109 American Legion and was a charter member of the 50-210 Fire Department. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Benson Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Survivors include daughters, Sylvia Barbour and husband Mitchell of McGee’s Crossroads, and Darlene Barbour of Clayton; sons, Keith Langdon and wife Cyndy, Kent Langdon and wife Derusha, all of Benson; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Langdon of McGee’s Crossroads; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson and other times at the home of Sylvia and Mitchell Barbour, 10034 N.C. 50 North, Angier. Flowers are welcome, however, the family suggests memorials be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church, 6963 N.C. 50 North, Benson, N.C. 27504; or to the 50-210 Fire & Rescue, 52 Greenleaf Road, Angier, N.C. 27501.

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Tuesday, 3-22-2005:

BENSON — Garland Harding Langdon, 84, of 10036 N.C. 50 North, died Monday, March 21, 2005, in Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

Mr. Langdon was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired farmer and painter.

Services: Funeral, 11 a.m. Wednesday in Benson Grove Baptist Church. Burial in church cemetery.

Visitation: At Rose & Graham Funeral Home of Benson.

Survived by: Sons, Keith and Kent; daughters, Sylvia Barbour and Darlene Barbour; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dunn Daily Record – Tuesday, 3-22-2005:

Garland Harding Langdon, 84, of 10036 N.C. 50, Benson, died Monday at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. He was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Johnston County to the late J. Willis and Sally Byrd Langdon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Uldine Benson Langdon.

Mr. Langdon was a retired farmer and painter. He attended Benson Grove Baptist Church, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, member of of Banner Post 109 American Legion and was a charter member of the 50-210 Fire Department. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Benson Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Survivors include daughters, Sylvia Barbour and husband Mitchell of McGee’s Crossroads, and Darlene Barbour of Clayton; sons, Keith Langdon and wife Cyndy, Kent Langdon and wife Derusha, all of Benson; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Langdon of McGee’s Crossroads; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 3-23-2005:

GARLAND H. LANGDON, 84, 10036 NC Hwy. 50, Benson, March 21. Funeral 11 a.m., today, Benson Grove Baptist Church. Burial, church cemetery. Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home.

JASPER LANGDON

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Tuesday, 8-18-1998:

BENSON — Jasper ”Jack” Langdon, 94, of Benson died Sunday in his home. Mr. Langdon owned and operated Jack Langdon’s Store for more than 40 years before retiring. He was a deacon at Johnson Memorial Church.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Johnson Memorial Church by Drs. Billy Cashwell and Herbert Carter. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Langdon is survived by his wife, Hermie B. Langdon; a son, Robert ”Bobby” Langdon of Benson; two brothers, Frank Langdon and Garland Langdon, both of Benson; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Jack Langdon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1309, Garner, N.C. 27529.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 8-19-1998:

- Mr. Jasper “Jack” Langdon, died at his home on Sunday, August 16, 1998, at the age of 94.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m.

Wednesday at Johnson Memorial Church. Drs. Billy Cashwell and Hebert Carter will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

A native of Johnston County, Mr. Langdon was born August 27, 1903, the son of the late Willis Langdon and Sally Byrd Langdon and was one of six children. He was married to Hermie Cleo Barbour on December 31, 1924.

Jack and Hermie owned and operated Jack Langdon’s Store located on Highway 50 North of Benson. The business was established in 1925 and was an important part of the community for more than 40 years until their retirement. The store continues to bear his name is operated by his family. In addition to the store, Jack and Hermie managed a family farming business.

Jack was a member, Deacon and Trustee of Johnson Memorial Church where he earned 60 years of perfect attendance, served as Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School teacher. He was very instrumental in the establishment and growth of this church and several other area churches.

Jack had a positive influence on many people in his church, professional, and personal life. Several generations were affected by his kindness; from the children who received pieces of bubble gum to their parents that remember his many acts of brotherhood.

Surviving are his wife, Hermie Cleo Barbour Langdon; son and daughter-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Langdon and Lee Johnson Langdon of Benson; brothers, Frank Langdon and Garland Langdon, both of Benson; grandchildren, Debra and Donald Warren, both of Fuquay-Varina, Robert and Jan Langdon, II, both of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Donald Warren, Jr., David Warren, Meagan Langdon and Rob Langdon; sister-in-law, Lula Barbour Merritt of the home.

Mr. Langdon was preceded in death by sisters, Callie Langdon Byrd, Ada Langdon Barbour and Ida Langdon Pollard.

Flowers will be accepted and Jack Langdon Memorial Fund has been established to assist young people in the divinity studies at Campbell University. Contributions may be mailed to Jack Langdon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1309, Garner, North Carolina 27529.

JERRY MACK LANGDON

Dunn Daily Record – Friday, 1-31-2003:

Jerry Mack Langdon, 63, of 9668 N.C. 50 North, Benson, died Thursday at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 30, 1939, in Johnston County to the late Hubert H. and Mayo Parrish Langdon. He was a retired farmer. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Benson by the Revs. R.B. Parrish and Mark Yates.

Survivors include his wife, Frances McCabe Langdon.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson.

DR. JERRY PLEASANT LANGDON

unknown newspaper – December, 1980:

Jerry P. Langdon, a Raleigh veterinarian and a 1960 alumnus of NCSU, was killed in an automobile accident in December. A native of Smithfield, NC, Langdon received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Georgia in 1968. He was owner of the Animal Hospital on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Langdon was a strong supporter of the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine, scheduled to open this fall, and a memorial fund honoring him has been set up in NCSU’s Veterinary Medical Foundation. Friends and former classmates wishing to contribute to the Langdon Fund may do so through the N.C. Veterinary Medical Foundation, NCSU, Box 5067, Raleigh, NC 27650.

RUTH MAE LANGDON

Dunn Daily Record – Monday, 11-11-2002:

Ruth Mae L. Langdon, 65, of 1780 White Memorial Church Road, Willow Spring, died Saturday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She was born March 12, 1937, in Johnston County to the late Vernon and Edna Penny Langdon. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.C. Langdon. She was a homemaker and a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at White Memorial Presbyterian Church by the Revs. Herbert Underwood and Mark Scott. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Willow Spring.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam L. Denning and husband Richard of Willow Spring; two grandchildren, Adam Denning and Jessica Denning; sisters, Hilda L. Carter and Debbie L. Honeycutt, both of Benson.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Rose & Graham Funeral Home of Benson, and other times at the home of Richard and Pam Langdon Denning, 1530 White Memorial Church Road, Willow Spring.

CARL EDWIN LUCAS

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Tuesday, 2-14-1995:

ERWIN — Carl Edwin Lucas, 72, of Erwin died Monday in Good Hope Hospital.

He operated Carl’s Supermarket for 42 years and Carl’s Supermarket in Dunn for 28 years. Mr. Lucas operated Carl’s Sundries and Carl’s Restaurant. He was a member of Civil Defense Air Patrol of Harnett County and the Sheriff’s Association of Harnett County. Mr. Lucas was a fire marshal for Harnett County. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Neill S. Stewart Lodge No. 556 and the Sudan Shrine Association. Mr. Lucas was a deacon in First Baptist Church.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church by the Revs. Jerry Hicks, Thurman B. Stone and Jerome Pope. Burial will be in Erwin Memorial Park.

Mr. Lucas is survived by his wife, Letty H. Lucas of the home; a daughter, Ruth Morgan of Erwin; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Price Funeral Home, and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Erwin.

MARY ELIZABETH (MILLS) BARBOUR

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 9-17-2003:

JACKSONVILLE — Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Mills Barbour, age 91, of 1172 Blue Creek Road died Monday at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Benson Grove Baptist Church, Benson. Officiating will be Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Barbour was born June 18, 1912 in Guilford County to the late Riley and Molly Morris Mills. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her Husband, Earl Festus Barbour, and a son, Jacques Earl Barbour. She was a homemaker.

Surviving include: daughters and son-in-law, Rose Marie and John Webster, and Alice B. Piver, all of Jacksonville, NC; sister, Lulu Merritt of Melbourne, FL.; grandchildren, Kevin Piver, Kristina Piver Steinmetz, Anna Webster Kaufman, Maureen Barbour, Jamie Barbour, Bob Barbour, Scott Barbour, Sonny Barbour, and Jacques Earl Barbour, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Amanda Kaufman, Alyssa Kaufman, Tanner Barbour, Luke Barbour, and Amber Barbour.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. at Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson.

LEAH (OGBURN) BENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Monday, 1-16-2006:

RALEIGH — Mrs. Leah Ogburn Benson, 93, of Raleigh, died Friday, January 13, 2006 at Wake Medical Center.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Monday at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-12 noon Monday prior to the service at Montlawn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Benson was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Angier. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved nature and found beauty and joy in the simplest of things.

Mrs. Benson is survived by her sons, Jimmy G. Benson of Raleigh, Jackie L. Benson and his wife Barbara of Dunn; sister, Vera Ogburn Bridges of Raleigh; grandchildren, Leonard and Johanna Aiken of Cary, Tamara and Michael Wicker of Pinehurst, Teresa and Peter Figueroa of Raleigh, Shannon and Scott James of Knightdale, Carla Benson of Benson, Deanna and Mark Kleiss of Raleigh; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Benson was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Lester Benson, her daughter, Jeanne B. Scallon, grandson, Larry Aiken, brothers, Lloyd Melvin Ogburn, Jr., John D. Ogburn, sisters, May Ogburn Carter and Mary Lillie Ogburn.

Arrangements by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

EDITH MAE (PARRISH) PHILLIPS

Smithfield Herald – Friday, 9-22-2006:

Edith Mae Parrish, 58, of 4013 Benson-Hardee Road near Benson died Tuesday, Sept. 19. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stephens Chapel Church. The Rev. Richard McKeel will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service.

Surviving are her son, Gary Alan Phillips of Apex; her mother, Linda Y. Parrish of Benson; a sister, Ellender Ammons of Benson; and a brother, Thurwood Parrish of Raleigh.

Condolences may be made to www.westanddunn.com.

INCOLN THURWOOD PARRISH

Dunn Daily Record – Wednesday, 3-26-2003:

Lincoln T. Parrish, 77, of 4013 Benson-Hardee Road, Benson, died Monday. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at West & Dunn Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard McKeel. Burial will be in Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Young Parrish; daughters and son-in-law, Edith Mae Parrish of Raleigh and Ellender P. and Tracy Ammons of Benson; a son and daughter-in-law, Thurwood Ray and Wanda Parrish of Raleigh; sisters, Euvene Denning of Wake Forest and Margaret Marcom of Angier; and grandchildren, G. Allan Phillips, Tiffany Parrish, Wayne Ammons and Christa Ammons.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at West & Dunn Funeral Home in Benson.

MAYO MAGDALENE (PARRISH) LANGDON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Friday, 12-25-1998:

Mrs. Mayo Parrish Langdon, 86, of 9668 NC 50 North, died Wednesday at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Rose & Graham Funeral Chapel.

Rev R.B. Parrish and Mark Yates will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Mrs. Langdon was born December 9, 1912 in Johnston County to the late Langdon and Florence Clifton Parrish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert H. Langdon and her daughter, Janice L. Partin.

Mrs. Langdon was a homemaker and farmer.

Surviving: son and daughter-in-law, Jerry M. and Frances Langdon of the home; two grandchildren and spouse, Kenneth and Beverly Partin and Patricia Partin; one great-grandchild, Jessica Partin.

The family will be at the funeral home from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service.

RUBY (PARRISH) LANGDON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Tuesday, 11-2-2004:

BENSON — Mrs. Ruby Parrish Langdon of 25 Langdon Rd. died Sunday at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rose & Graham Funeral Home Chapel in Benson. Officiating will be the Revs. Billy Cashwell and Jim Gurganus. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Langdon was born September 27, 1921 in Johnston County to the late William Gaston and Lillie Thornton Parrish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Norwood Langdon. Mrs. Langdon was a Homemaker.

Surviving include: daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Billy Ray Wheeler of Benson; son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Sue Langdon of Benson; two grandchildren, Melissa Wheeler and David Wheeler; sister, Alease Parrrish Barbour of Benson.

The family will receive friends 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson, and other times at the home of Jerome and Sue Langdon, 7756 NC HWY 50 North, Angier, NC.

WYNONA (PARRISH) BENSON

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Wednesday, 2-25-2004:

BENSON — Mrs. Wynona “Blackie” Parrish Benson, 80, of 5676 Elevation Road died Tuesday at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at Elevation United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Revs. Ron Gurganus & Henry Lee. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Benson was born in Johnston County April 7, 1923 to the late William “Bill” and Lillian Thornton Parrish. She was the widow of Dwight Hardee Benson, a homemaker and a member of Elevation United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: son, Mardy A. Benson of Angier; daughters, Michelle B. Morgan-Johnson and Monette B. Lee, both of Benson; sisters, Alease P. Benson and Ruby P. Langdon of Benson; three grandchildren, Mason A. Benson, Brooke L. Benson, and Chase M. Morgan.

The family will receive friends at Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Benson, 7:00 to 9:00 PM Wednesday and other times at the home of Michelle Morgan-Johnson, 6188 Elevation Road, Benson.

Memorials may be made to Elevation United Methodist Church 5101 Elevation Road, Benson, NC 27504.

JOE VANCE SMITH

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Monday, 5-1-2000:

GARNER — Joe Vance Smith, 63, of 1329 W. Garner Road, died April 30, 2000.

Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday, Benson Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial, Benson Grove Baptist church cemetery.

Survivors, wife, Joyce Benson Smith; daughter, Kathy Ward of Raleigh; son, Dwight A. Smith of Knightdale; mother, Madie Mills of Angier; sisters, Louise Campbell of Angier, Georgia Weaver of Lillington, Dora Smith of Angier, Betty Andrews of Fuquay-Varina, Linda Smith of Angier; brother, Charles Smith of Wilson; grandchildren Tanya and Scott Hobby, Amber and Austin Smith; great granddaughter Mariah Hobby. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a son, Joe Wayne Smith.

Memorials to Benson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1, Benson, NC 27504. Family at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight.

Arrangements by West & Dunn Funeral Home, Benson, N.C.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Tuesday, 5-2-2000:

JOE V. SMITH, 63, 1329 W. Garner Road, Garner, April 30. Funeral 2 p.m., today, Benson Grove Baptist Church. Burial, church cemetery. Arrangements by West & Dunn Funeral Home.

The Fayetteville Observer (NC) – Tuesday, 05-2-2000:

GARNER — Joe Vance Smith, 63, of 1329 W. Garner Road died Sunday.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Benson Grove Baptist Church in Benson by the Rev. Billy Cashwell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Among Mr. Smith’s survivors are his wife, Joyce B. Smith; his mother, Madie Smith of Angier; and four sisters, Louise Campbell, Dora Smith and Linda Smith, all of Angier, and Georgia Weaver of Lillington.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at West & Dunn Funeral Home in Benson.

Memorials may be made to Benson Grove Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 1, Benson, N.C. 27504.

JAMES LENWOOD TUTOR

Dunn Daily Record – Tuesday, 3-14-2006:

James Lenwood Tutor, 81, of Monroe died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Hospice House II in Monroe. He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Harnett County to the late James Braxton Tutor and Mary Caroline Partin Tutor. He retired from the Town of Angier Maintenance Department. Mr. Tutor was preceded in death by his wife, Marvalee Benson Tutor. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. March 11 at Kennebec Baptist Church in Angier by the Revs. Mark Howard, James Aycock and Phil McLean. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria McLean and husband the Rev. Phil McLean of Monroe; a grandchild, Lynn McLean and wife Martha of Monroe; great-grandchildren, Nathanael McLean and Daniel McLean, both of Monroe; brothers, Charles Carvelle Tutor of Hartford, Ala., Emitte Tutor and Jimmy Tutor, both of Fuquay-Varina; and sisters, Eva Belle Parrish and Ola Peed, both of Angier.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Springs Baptist Church, 2509 Mountain Springs Church Road, Monroe, NC 28112; or to Kennebec Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1690, Angier, NC 27501. A service of Davis Funeral Home in Monroe.

LOUISA (TYNER) BENSON

Smithfield Herald – Saturday, 12-17-1887:

A Tribute

On Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock, December 6th, our community was sorely saddened by the death of the esteemed Mrs. Louisa Benson. She was the daughter of John and Sallie Tiner and wife of Wm. Benson, and seventy-two years and six months old.

Her death was not unexpected; although she had borne up firmly through her three-score-and-ten, yet her life during the last two years was that of a sufferer. Doubtless she would have left us before now, but for the constant kind and skillful treatment of Dr. E. N. Booker, her physician.

She was the mother of twelve children–ten living, the youngest thirty-two, and the grandmother of fifty-nine, fifty-two living. The deceased was a most remarkable woman. The writer will not–cannot pay an equitable tribute to one whose life was so eminently pure and noble as hers. She never united with the visible church, yet her walk was that of a consecrated Christian, and by her last testimony we are constrained to think that she is now surrounded by the seraphic hosts of Heaven.

Her greatest pleasure through this long and cumbersome life was in giving pleasure to others; no one knew her but to love her. She was a kind, faithful and affectionate wife; a tender and loving mother; a devoted sister, and a sympathetic neighbour, ever ready to administer to the necessities and happiness of those around her.

This sad dispensation of providence gives us pain, yet to it we must bow and remember, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.” Let us who survive her try to emulate her high and noble virtues, and live by her examples.

The funeral services were conducted Thursday at 11 a.m., by Kidor Jas. A.T. Jones, of the Primitive Baptist Church.