William McKnight "Bill" Benton, Sr., 96, and Edith Sligh Benton, 97, of Big Island died together at their residence Saturday, June 30, 2012. They were married 71 loving years. Bill was born in the Panama Canal Zone, March 10, 1916; a son of the late Henry and Edna Benton. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Benton Burger, and brothers, Edward Benton and Henry Benton, II. He was survived by a brother, Thomas Benton. Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Allied Chemical Corporation where he worked for 43 years. Edith was born in Big Island, Jan. 18, 1915; a daughter of the late Elic Mack and Ella Sligh. In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Sligh Ulrick, and a brother, Garvice Sligh. They are survived by their son, William McKnight "Mac" Benton, JR of New Castle; a grandson, William McKnight "Trey" Benton, III and his wife, Carissa; a great-grandson, William McKnight "Will" Benton, IV; a granddaughter, Caroline â€œCarrieâ€ Benton Odette; great-grandsons, Jackson Odette and Jamison Odette, all of Nashville, TN. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Island Baptist Church, PO Box 348, Big Island, VA 24526. A celebration of their lives and memorial service were conducted at 11am, Monday, July 9, 2012 at Big Island Baptist Church, where they were cherished members, with the Rev. Bryon LePere officiating. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, www.tharpfuneralhome.com, 540-586-3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from July 11 to July 12, 2012