Robert David Benbow, of Rocky Point passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Robert David Benbow, 57 years old was born in Mount Olive N.C. March 20, 1954 to Julianne Summerlin Benbow & James Edgar Benbow. Grandparents Robert & Billie Summerlin of Mount Olive and Carolina Beach, N.C.
Surviving Wife – Bonnie Susan Shaver Benbow Son- Robert Dylan Benbow (27 yrs) Daughters – Suzanna Ashley Benbow Coffey (26yrs) & Sarah Julianne Benbow (16yrs) and a Grandson Ethan Scott Coffey (4yrs) Sister s– Pat Norris of Carolina Beach, Martha & Carla of Winston Salem Brothers- Mike & Greg of Carolina Beach, William Pace of Houston Texas and William Benbow of Wilmington.
David grew up at Carolina Beach working on the board walk as a child then becoming a life guard and working at his family’s bar The Sliver Dollar, ran by his Mother and Grandmother. He left school at Southern Wayne High School and joined the Navy- where he was a weather forecaster in Charleston. After getting out of Navy his mother passed away, he then met his wife Susan at Carolina Beach and married in August 11, 1979. They have 3 beautiful children; Dylan, Sarah, Suzanne and one grandson Ethan.
David was a lover of the ocean and saw freedom in the waves. He enjoyed surfing, and always loved the beach. He was an avid Carolina Tarheel fan which he passed on to the entire family. “A true Tarheel thru & thru” He loved building houses and was one of the best. He will be greatly missed by his children, wife & family. Their 32nd Wedding Anniversary would have been on August 11, 2011.
A memorial service will be held 1pm Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Gazebo on the Boardwalk at Carolina Beach.
He is indeed our Guardian Angel.
Poem by the youngest;
‘What do you do when you just want to cry?
What do you do when every smile becomes a lie?
What do you do knowing he won’t be there?
I’m only 16 & my heart is cold and bare
What do I do when my hands start to shake?
When my heart starts to yearn for that smile on his face’
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