BEAUFORT | James "Sonny" Benton, 73, of Beaufort, formerly of New Bern, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at home.
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A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, 85 Hwy 70 East, Smyrna, followed by a second service at 4:30 p.m., at Greenleaf Memorial Park, Lakeview Chapel, 900 River Road, New Bern.
Mr. Benton was born on August 23, 1940, in Southern Pines, to John James and Marjori Ophelia Benton. He served his country in the United States Navy, from 1958 to 1961. His last job before retiring was as a vending manager at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point. Mr. Benton was a member of Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, Smyrna.
He is survived by his wife, A. Diane Thomas Benton; son, Keith Benton and companion, Barry Markillie of Wilmington; a stepmother, Willidean Benton of Bayboro; stepchildren, Renee Ipock and husband, Perry, of Vanceboro, Ronald Wood and wife, Jessica, of Richmond, VA, and Andrea Wood of Gloucester, NC; sisters, Pennie Malloy of Tallahassee, FL and Tria Decrooch of Lakeland, FL; and brother, James Dickie Benton of Richmond, VA and six grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his son, James Benton Jr., preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City.
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201 PROFESSIONAL CIRCLE
Morehead City, NC 28557-4303
Published in Sun Journal from July 12 to Aug. 11, 2014