Roy Campbelle Benson, Sr., 87, of Front Royal, VA, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his home.
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A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Sammy Campbell. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Roy was born June 8, 1925 in Rockbridge County, VA, son of the late Fred Alfred Benson and Lula Belle Blackwell Benson. Roy served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he participated in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
He was the owner and operator of Benson's Home Improvements for 53 years. Roy was a member of VFW Post 1860, American Legion Post 53, Front Royal Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 829, and was a past member of Happy Creek United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years Nellie Mae Gibson Benson of Front Royal; four children and their spouses, Patricia Jernigan and husband Wendell of Pensacola, FL, Ronnie Benson and wife Barbara of Front Royal, Wanda Simpson and husband Harry of Spotsylvania, VA and Betty Jean Owens and husband Bill of Front Royal; one sister, Mary Belle Benson of Rockbridge County; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by a son, Roy C. Benson, Jr.; one brother, James Benson; a half- brother, George Wallace Benson; and two sisters, Nannie Dale Cook and Mattie Julia Cook.
Pallbearers will be Royce Frederick, David Jernigan, Aaron Benson, Brian Benson, Matt Dillon, and Joe Himes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Thomas, Nathan Benson, Evan Benson and Sean Benson.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 10-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2013
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105 West Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630