John "Bennie" "Junior" Benfield
Ballard Volunteer Fire Department
September 6, 2004
Corbin John "Bennie" "Junior" Benfield, 79, of Brunswick died
Monday at the local hospital.
A native of Mount Airy,
Mr. Benfield had lived in Brunswick for the past 52 years. He
was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
Mr. Benfield was a Purple Heart recipient and received numerous
other awards while serving his country. He was a member of Pine
Ridge Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge 717 F & AM. Mr. Benfield
had been employed by Georgia Power Company as a boiler turbine
operator, Sea harvest Seafood as refrigeration maintenance, and
was the first Fire Chief of Ballard Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral Services were
to have been held at 11 a.m. today at Chapman Funeral Chapel
with the Rev. Ed Hurst officiating.
Burial, with military
honors and Masonic rites, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in
Chopped Oak Baptist Churchyard Cemetery in Mount Airy.
In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations be made to a charity of the donor's
Survivors include his
wife, Mary Faye Benfield of Waynesville; a son, Clifford
Benfield of Brunswick; three daughters, Virginia Etheridge of
Waynesville, and Melinda Farnell and Anita Moye, both of
Brunswick; a brother, Roy Benfield of Mount Airy; seven
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
Chapman Funeral Chapel
is in charge of arrangements.