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Lester E. Benson Obituary
Lester E. Benson

PRINCESS ANNE—Lester Edward Benson, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, after a long series of illnesses. Lester was born on Jan. 12, 1928, to Stanley F. and Helen Propst Benson at home in Princess Anne.

He graduated from Washington High School in Princess Anne, class of (44). After graduation he began farming and continued until he retired.

Besides his wife Joyce, Lester is survived by a son, Thomas and his friend, Linda of Westover, and a daughter, Karen, of Reisterstown. He leaves a brother, Robert and wife, Addie Lou of Salisbury; a sister-in-law, Janet Neal of East New Market; five nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

He married Joyce Moore of Centreville, Md., in July 1958, and they have resided at the same residence for the past 54 years. Lester was an active member of Antioch United Methodist Church for over 75 years. He was a 4-H member and All Star and enjoyed square dancing. He was a past member of Somerset Ruritan and an active member of the Bay Country Rose Society. Lester's love of raising flowers, particularly roses has many remembering him as "The Rose Man". Carrying flowers to offices, businesses, and people; young and old, has given him great pleasure over the years. He also loved to share the fruits of his garden. Another part of this ministry was getting others interested in gardening, often supplying the plants, the knowledge and the equipment to begin. Perhaps his spirit will live on in their gardens. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, December 12 at Hinman Funeral Home, Princess Anne and on Thursday from noon to 1 with services to follow at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Mark Thomas will officiate. Burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Princess Anne. Donations may be made to Seton Center, Catholic Charities, PO Box 408, Princess Anne, MD 21853 or to Antioch United Methodist Church at PO Box 297, Princess Anne, MD 21853. To leave condolences please visit

Published in The Daily Times from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012
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