|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1861|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1940|
Dr J W Benton Expires at Peniel; Last Rites Today
Dr James W Benton 79, retired physician and educator, and former superintendent of the Peniel Orphans Home, died Sunday afternoon at 5:20 o'clock at his home in Peniel following an illness of several years' duration. He had been in a critical condition for several days.
Final rites were observed at 10:30 o'clock this morning. Services were held at the Church of the Nazarene in Peniel, with Reverend Maness, pastor of the Memorial Methodist Church in Dallas, Reverend Neely of Dallas, and Rev Rex Weisinger, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Peniel officiating. At 1 PM the body was carried to Edhube in Fannin County for burial.
A native of Tennessee, the pioneer physician and educator was born on August 14, 1861 and had been a resident of Texas for many years. He was a school teacher for nine years and in 1895 began the practice of medicine in which profession he was active until a few years preceding his death.
Dr Benton moved to Peniel in 1905 and shortly afterward he was elected to the board of the Holiness College there, formerly one of the most flourishing institutions in that section of the state. The college was operated under the sponsorship of the Church of the Nazarene.
Later Dr Benton become interested in the Peniel Orphans Home and served the institution as superintendent for five years. He was widely recognized for his splendid type of humanitarian service in this capacity and also earned the reputation as one of the most efficient orphanage superintendents in the state. Keenly interested in the welfare of the orphans in his charge he devoted himself to their interest and serviced unselfishly. Even after the institution was closed he kept several orphans in his home for some time.
Dr Benton had been a member of the Church of the Nazarene for many years and devoted to its tenets, living a true Christian life that was marked by innumerable philanthropic deeds in behalf of suffering humanity.
He often went out of his way to render service for which he received no recompense, but he measured his service, not by his financial returns, but the good results it obtained.
Dr Benton's goodness was reflected by his spirit of generosity, compassion for suffering humanity and devotion to the Master, and he was happiest when he was accomplishing something to help the distressed along life's highway. His friends were countless and today there were many to bow their heads in sorrow because of his death.
He is survived by three children, Mrs Elsie Runyon and Walton Benton of Peniel and Tom Benton of California; four grandchildren and two brothers.
NOTE: Obituary provided by Dr. Benton's Great Grandaughter Debbie (Benton) Way.
Dr. Benton was preceded in death by his wife Sarah E. (Bales) Benton.
Edmond Houston Benton (1834 - 1901)
Mary Elizabeth Thomasson Benton (1836 - 1925)
Sarah E. Bales Benton (1870 - 1937)*
Elsie Florence Benton Runyan (1886 - 1974)*
Thomas Houston Benton (1888 - 1981)*
James Walton Benton (1894 - 1973)*
James W. Benton (1861 - 1940)
Louisa Jane Benton Rogers (1863 - 1939)*
John Carrol Benton (1866 - 1932)*
Thomas H Benton (1868 - 1949)*
Joseph Oliver Benton (1870 - 1946)*
Infant Daughter Benton (1871 - 1871)*
Edmond Epp Benton (1872 - 1966)*
Mack Dougle Benton (1875 - 1968)*
Infant Son Benton (1878 - 1878)*
Minnie A. Benton Jones (1879 - 1965)*
Created by: Tony & Patricia Held
Record added: Feb 18, 2008
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