James D. “Tarry” Benton

September 11, 1934 - May 26, 2012
James D. “Tarry” Benton

James Delen “Tarry” Benton, 77, of Leland went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 26, 2012 surrounded by his family at his home in Leland.

He was born in Brunswick County, NC on September 11, 1934 the son of the late James Norwood Benton and Alma White Benton. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Max Benton, Tyrone Benton and Rudy Benton, and brother in laws, Willie Garvey and Wilbur Gainey.

“Tarry” was a member of Elah Baptist Church and was retired as superintendent of Brunswick County Public Utilities Kings Bluff pump station with Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball and enjoyed coaching Dixie Youth little league baseball and women’s softball, which he did for over 12 years. He enjoyed numerous other activities involving his family and especially his grandchildren whom he loved very much. He was a very loving husband, father, granddaddy, brother and uncle. he was a man of many talents and always used those talents to help others.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vina King Benton; two daughters, Beverly Lynn Benton Clemmons and Monta Faye Benton Jacobs and husband Bennie Jacobs; four grandchildren, Jeremy Delen Jacobs and wife Dwanedia, Ashli Dawn Jacobs, Tiauna Latriece Clemmons, and Gregory Samuel Clemmons, II; Three brothers, Lewis “Hunky” Benton (Harriett), Arland “PeeWee” Benton (Judy), Fred Benton(Beverly); three sisters, Gayle Garvey, Janice Gaskill (Terry), and Kim Williams (Ervin); sister and brother in-laws, Rose and John Cook, Earlyne and Carter Rabon, and Elizabeth Gainey; his uncle Bob White (Marie) and aunt Winifred Armstrong. Many other family members and friends including Jack Hogan and Robert Falor.

The family will see friends 6 to 8 pm Wednesday , May 30, 2012 at Elah Baptist Church, 1527 Old Fayetteville Road, Leland. Funeral services will be held 2 pm Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Elah Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Erby King. Burial will follow at King Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Jacobs, Gregory Clemmons, Sean Watson, Scott Long, Dustin Willetts, Bret Harrelson and Joey Hufham. Honorary pallbearers will be John Cook, Carter Rabon, Ervin Williams, Terry Gaskill, Greg Clemmons, Bennie Jacobs, Jack Hogan, Robert Falor, and Dale Rabon.

The family would like to thank all of the health care givers that were so loving and kind to “Tarry” during his illness, especially Dr. Amin, nurses Allison and Katie with Blumenthal Cancer Center, Dr. Lynn with Wilmington Health Associates, and Dr. Arb with Hanover Medical Specialist.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451 910.383.3511

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  • May 28, 2012
    Diane Karpinsky Kennedy says:
    Vina Mae and Girls, Just want to send my deepest sympathy in the loss of a great man. It has been many years since I have had any contact but I do remember Tarry growing up and my early years at home. Please know that all his earthly pain is now gone and him and Willie are having on good old time. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Diane Karpinsky Kennedy Apex

  • May 29, 2012
    Gwen Skipper Canady says:
    I know there is nothing I can do or say to take away the sorrow that you are feeling right now. However I hope that your pain will somehow be eased a little by knowing that I (as well as many others) love you and care about you. You are all in my prayers.

  • May 29, 2012
    Barbara Bedwell Barnes says:
    Tarry was a good man and i'm sorry for your lost, may God bless you and your family

  • May 30, 2012
    Angela Herring says:
    Ms Vina Mae and family, my prayers go out to each of you as you struggle through this difficult time. Mr Tarry always had a kindness about him that touch many lives. He will be missed by his friends and his church family yet I know that his family will miss Mr Tarry all the time yet each of you know that he is in God's loving arms and one day there will be know more parting. I love you all and will continue to keep you in my prayers Angie and family

  • May 29, 2012
    Stacy Pullen says:
    Thinking of you all <3