MAXTON — William Lundy Benton left his earthly home on April 6, 2014, ending a well fought battle after an extended illness.
Born on Dec. 18, 1927 in Brunswick County to Lewis Napolean and Lovie Christine Hewett Benton, William was a beloved brother to eight siblings, predeceased by brothers Bonaire Benton, Gilbert Benton, and Goley Benton and sisters Mildred Aragon and Missouri Booth, as well as a niece and nephew. He is survived by his sisters Margaret Medlin, Delta Britt and Betty Wilkerson; 27 nieces and nephews, and 47 great nieces and nephews.
In 1972 William met and married the love of his life Agnes Elizabeth Ward and recognized her children and grandchildren as his own. After 32 years together, Agnes was received into heaven, leaving William with beautiful memories of their time together. William cherished her as his wife until he joined her there last Sunday morning. William and Agnes were longtime members of Calvary Baptist Church in Maxton.
Retirement from a career in electrical maintenance allowed William time to enjoy working in the yard, taking pride in his flower beds and devoting endless time and energy to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren where the front yard was the favorite family playground. He and his beloved Agnes enjoyed trips to the beach and mountains. They were blessed to be able to travel to many places across the United States together. He was an avid fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves.
Preceded by his death is the eldest son Frank Edward Ward and son-in-law Bill Jackson
Bidding farewell to the "bonus" dad they adored and fondly called"Papa" are children Lillian Ward Wilkerson, Linda Ward Jackson, Robert Lee Ward (Evalyn) and Judy Ward Strickland (Gregory), and daughter-in-law Winifred (Tink) Ward. Papa William also leaves behind his proudest treasures: 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at Richard Boles Funeral Services in Laurinburg on Thursday, receiving guests at 1 p.m. with a service following at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Benton's memory to your local Hospice.