Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Bennie Bradford Benson Jr., age 73, of Jefferson who passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. Brad suffered from Parkinson's for the past 10 years.
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He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Barnett Benson; and one daughter, Kelli Benson Sosebee, and husband, Ted; and four wonderful grandchildren, Kaleb Sosebee, Ashton Sosebee, Kendall Sosebee and Rylee Sosebee of Jefferson, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents, B.B. Benson Sr. and Annie Mae Love Benson. He is survived by four siblings, J.B. (Jim) Benson and Guy Dean, Marty B. Cooper and Danny of Jefferson; and Merita Beatty, Newnan, Ga.; seven nieces and nephews; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews. Brad was honored to have two namesakes.
Brad was a transportation engineer II, and was employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation before retiring after 34 years as a crew chief of three location survey parties out of Gainesville. He then worked in Barrow County as head of the engineering department for 12-plus years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1964 aboard the USS Canberra. His active-duty time included deployments during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Brad had multiple deployments to ports of call around the world during his time in service. His ending rank was Postal Clerk Third Class aboard the USS Canberra.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Mobley, the Rev. Wayne Norris and the Rev. Doug Hilliard officiating. The burial will follow in the Evans Memory Gardens with Alex Bryan, Tim Love, Frank Eberhart, Harrison McDonald, Peanut Evans and Jim Love honored as pallbearers. Fellow retired D.O.T. employees will be honorary pallbearers.
The visitation for Mr. Benson will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are optional with memorials made to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018, or the
Evans Funeral Home Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on January 1, 2013