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William Shepard Benn Sr. Obituary
WILLIAM SHEPARD BENN SR., 75, of Winston-Salem, NC. died July 18th 2014. "Shepard" Benn, son of Flagler and Magaline Benn, passed away suddenly on July 18th at his home in Riverside, CA. He is survived by his ex-wife Betty; two sons William and Kenneth, and his grandson Marquise. Shepard was an avid athlete and graduate of Johnstown High School in Johnstown, PA, where he lettered in baseball, football, and track and field. After graduation, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ as a lineman, eventually rising to the rank of Sergeant. While in the army, he married Betty Miles and produced two children during their union, William and Kenneth. Though Shepard and Betty divorced, they remained good friends throughout life. After his honorable discharge from the army, he returned to Johnstown PA and began a seventeen-year career with Bethlehem Steel Inc. In his free time, he devoted countless hours to coaching various little league baseball teams to victory. Prior to retiring, he returned to Winston-Salem, NC and worked as an orderly at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Upon retirement, Shepard moved to California to be close with his sons and grandson. Shepard was a dedicated worker and took care of his family, regardless of life's circumstances. Throughout his 75 years of life, Shepard maintained a great love for his family, friends, his dog, Georgie, cars, and the LA Dodgers. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. On Monday, August 4, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Riverside, viewing will begin at 9:00 am with Services following at 9:30 am. He will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 3, 2014
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