Charles M. Benson, 75, of Riegelwood, NC, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington.

He was born in Wilmington, NC, June 11, 1937 son of the late William Andrew Benson and Mary Crambo Benson. Preceding him in death was his wife of twenty-nine years, Mary Ann Jarrett Benson (2007).

As a young man, Mr. Benson caddied at the Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington during the 1940's and 50's. He was a PGA Professional for over fifty years and retired as Club Pro from Riegelwood Country Club with twenty-eight years of service. Mr. Benson was instrumental in the building and designing of several golf courses in Eastern North Carolina. He was a 1956 graduate of New Hanover High School and was a member of BPO-Elks in Wilmington.

Surviving are five children, Charles G. Benson and wife Jean of Kinston, NC, William "Bill" Benson and wife Lola of Kissimmee, FL, Julia Ann Benson of Wilmington, Dean Butler of Tarheel, NC, and Donna Davis and husband Edward of Hampstead, NC; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Penland and husband Jack of Laurens, SC; and a brother, Sammy Benson of NJ.

His family will received friends between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Riegelwood Country Club, 1410 Riegel Course Road, Riegelwood, NC, 28456.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC with Rev. Chuck Smith officiating.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2013