Benny Benton

August 20, 1944 - March 19, 2011
Benny Benton


Benny Dale Benton (Buddy) died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at NHRMC after a lengthy illness, with family by his side.

Benny was born August 20, 1944 in Whiteville, NC to the late; Bonair and Estelle Benton. He was also preseded in death by his nephew, Bobby Benton, Jr. He is survived by his brothers: Bobby, Sr. (Bonnie) of Middle Sound, Jimmy (Gail) of Greensboro, and Billy of Wilmington.

Benny spent his childhood days in Sunset Park, Wilmington. He attended New Hanover High School, the University of Maryland, Nelson Community College, and Cameron University, Oklahoma

Benny served his country for 25 years in the United States Army. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Benny served two combat missions in Vietnam, one in Korea, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. He was awarded 4 bronze stars for his service in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. He received many more ribbons and metals throughout his military career.

After his retirement in the army; he settled down in the family home on Heritage Park Drive, Wilmington, and continued his education at Cape Fear Community College; earning degrees in Marine Diesel Technology, refrigeration and air conditioning.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 2:00pm at the Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Chris Wroten.

Buddy will be dearly missed. Following the service, an informal gathering will be at the home of Bobby and Bonnie Benton in Middle Sound.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 or ones charity of choice.

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  • March 21, 2011
    Lib Inman Sellers says:
    My prayers & thoughts are with you guys. It is very difficult to lose a sibling. We plan on seeing you all at the funeral. Love to you all.

  • March 22, 2011
    Lori Channell says:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and family!! Much love,

  • March 23, 2011
    Wendy McPherson Strickland says:
    To the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.We all have suffered a great loss.My dad and Benny had a special relationship on a daily basis.He made my christmas special this past year, Dad and I played Santa, to Benny and to those we loved that didnt have a large family, but needed an extra special something.Thats why God has Blessed us in so many ways- and we pass it on to those in need- Benny was a special- brilliant man.Mom will miss cooking something special for him- she made sure he did'nt go without, and loved and treated him like one of her own. We all will feel your loss- we will be in touch , and send lots of love your way! Wendy McPherson Strickland

  • March 22, 2011
    Kory & Nicole Baker says:
    Just wanting to send prayers to the Benton family. He was a very impressive man.