Jan 5, 1934 - Jan 12, 2013 PORT CHARLOTTE, FL Benjamin "Sonny" Demps Jr., of Port Charlotte, FL, died on January 12, 2013, age 79. He was born in Harlem, NY on January 5, 1934, to Benjamin and Hazel Demps and had four sisters. He served in the U.S. Air Force; was an air traffic controller and supervisor at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center; was Director of the FAA Academy OKC, OK; earned a law degree from Oklahoma City University; was Director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center OKC, OK; served in Brussels, Belgium, as the FAA Director of Europe, Africa and Middle East; as Cabinet Secretary of Health and Human Services and Director of the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services; and as Superintendent of the Kansas City, MO Public Schools. On May 15, 2002, he married Carolyn Eubanks Bryan, and they moved to Port Charlotte, FL. In retirement, he enjoyed sharing experiences of his diverse background, bragging about his grandchildren, sailing, dancing and traveling with his wife, and listening to music of all varieties. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his sisters, Hazel Jordan and Phyllis Mobley; from a previous marriage, daughters, Jacqueline Brown and her husband Rick Brown, Carolyn Demps and her husband Guy Simons; grandchildren, Ricky Brown, Hugo Demps-Simons, Celeste Demps-Simons; stepchildren, Stephen Bryan and Kathleen Bryan; and many loving friends and neighbors.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 16, 2013