Darrell E. Benjamin, 69, of Meredosia, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Dix, the son of Carroll and Bernice Simmons Benjamin. He married Judy Ruyle on Aug. 23, 1980, in Meredosia, and she survives.
He is also survived by six sons and one daughter, Darrell (wife, Amy) Benjamin Jr. of Mascoutah, Glenn Benjamin (fiancee, Cindy Murray) of Odin, Michael Benjamin of St. Louis, Brandy Benjamin (fiance, Mike Hamilton) of Meredosia, Billy (wife, Gail) Ham of Quincy and Troy (wife, Sandy) Ham and Ronnie (wife, Janeen) Ham, both of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren; and seven brothers and sisters, Irvin Benjamin of Dix, Phyllis Morton of Lighthouse Point, Fla., Albert Benjamin of Salem, Sharon Garrison of Festus, Mo., Carolyn Abshier of Kinmundy, Rose Porter of Sebring, Fl., and Richard Hopkins of Salem. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Dwight Hopkins; one brother, James Benjamin; and one sister in infancy.
Mr. Benjamin retired from Valley Improvement Construction Company. He was very passionate about Meredosia, serving as Mayor from 1997-2001 and on the Village Board from 1977-present. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Oakland Cemetery. The family will meet friends 9-11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Meredosia Rescue Squad. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2009