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David "Benton" Kemp Sr.
1938 - 2021
David "Benton" Kemp, Sr.

David "Benton" Kemp Sr. was born September 15, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee to Dorris and Benton Kemp and passed away on June 12, 2021 at the age of 82.

When he was young, he moved to Indianapolis. He was raised on the Southside and attended Southport High School. He married June Carpenter Kemp on June 5, 1957. They were married for 59 years until June's death in December 2016.

Ben is survived by his wife H. Katherine Lenahan Kemp whom he married on September 15, 2018 and his children, David Kemp of Indianapolis, Laurie (Michael) Coop of Greenwood, Melinda (Tim) Grissom of New Palestine, Christian (Tracy) Kemp of Fishers and stepdaughter, Meta (Dean) Kennedy of Peoria, Illinois. He is survived by 9 grandchildren, Brandon (Stephanie) Coop, Jaime (Kaleb) Guinnup, Evan Coop, DJ and Bailey Kemp, Katheryn Grissom, Sydney, Claire and Erin Kemp; 3 step children, Rachel (Brad) Wilke, Blake Kennedy, Deanna (Cory Mason) Kennedy; 2 great grandchildren, Griffin Guinnup and Victoria Coop; 3 step great grandchildren, Nathan, Eliot, Jeremy.

Ben was a State Farm agent from February 1965 until his death. Ben sang at the Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Indiana for several years as a backup singer for the staff band along with his wife June. He sang tenor and played steel and rhythm guitar. He also served on the board of the Indianapolis Christian School. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Colts, Pacers and golfing in his spare time.

He was a man of great faith who loved God and his family. He was a worship minister, elder, Bible teacher and taught singing classes. He was loved and adored by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a great father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend, a godly example to all who knew him.

The Memorial Service will be Saturday, June 26 at 2:00pm with visitation from 10am until service time at Southeastern Church Of Christ 6500 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis.

Published by The Indianapolis Star from Jun. 18 to Jun. 20, 2021.
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Southeastern Church Of Christ
6500 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, IN
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Southeastern Church Of Christ
6500 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, IN
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He was a wonderful man, took care of our family for a very long time. He will be missed.
Ryan Williams
July 6, 2021
We will miss him. He was a great friend for many years . A godly man and a great witness for god. He always did what was best for everyone.
Peggy and Paul Arnold
July 3, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Benton was a wonderful man,that loved his family. My grandmother Nell Weaks was his aunt, I used to spend summers in Indianapolis with Aunt Dorris and Uncle Ben.
Barbara Maness
June 28, 2021
So very sorry Mindy, Ben was always good to me. He will be missed on Shadeland Ave.
June 26, 2021
To the Kemp Family, I had the pleasure of knowing Ben for over 50 years and was sadden to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Ernestine R. Burnett
Ernestine R. Burnett
June 25, 2021
I read with sadness of Ben's passing. So sorry that another wonderful Christian friend has ended his life on earth. In the past 15 months this world has lost 4 wonderful Christian men who have made a real difference in this world--Mike Bohan, Bob Tackett, Larry Vandeventer and now Ben Kemp. My thoughts and prayers are with Mindy and the entire Kemp family.
Wanda Vandeventer
June 25, 2021
Your family is in our prayers. David just recently had a great talk with Ben just to update each other on our families. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to your family.
David and Cathy Crane
June 25, 2021
Ganton Family
June 22, 2021
Uncle Ben - always a strong, steady presence in my life, even in the distance of time and circumstances. In my early years as a “Carpenter cousin” the Kemp family welcomed me immediately and it was always so over the years.
Uncle Ben, you are sorely missed, your bright countenance and ready smile, your positive thoughtful glad that you are home with Jesus. I can almost hear your voice mingled with Aunt June, Dad, Uncle Jerry and Grandma and Granpa just like those long past afternoons at the little house in Frankfort.

Dave, Laurie, Mike, Mindy,Tim, Christian, Tracy; Susie, David, Kay, Wes; Aunt Darlene - I am so sorry for your loss, and pray that the presence of the Lord will uphold and comfort you and your families together.

With love.
Nancy Beise
June 19, 2021
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