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 James Walter “Jim” Benton

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James Walter “Jim” Benton

Birth
Brownfield, Terry County, Texas, USA
Death 14 May 2013 (aged 77)
Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas, USA
Burial Fulbright, Red River County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 110789197 View Source
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James Walter (Jim) Benton went to be with God on May 14, 2013 in Winnsboro, Texas, after a short battle with brain cancer. Jim was born May 13,1936 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas to James Arthur(Jack) and Elva Caroline Hogue Benton. He leaves to grieve his passing,his wife of 57 years, Zenda Buck Benton, daughter Gina and husband Jerry Joern of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and daughter Charissa and husband Steve Arizpe of Spring, Texas. Eleven grandchildren, Lesley Arizpe, Taylor and Megan Arizpe, Kemper Arizpe, and Benton Arizpe from the Houston, Texas area, and Nicole Battles and James and Camila Joern of Oklahoma, Christy & husband, Rob Martin of Oklahoma and five great-grandsons, Luke Bachman, Jace, Garrison, and Benton Joern, Chris Martin, one great- granddaughter, Elysia Martin. Two nephews and their families also survive. Many friends mourn his passing.
Jim graduated Brownfield High School in 1955. He finished Texas Tech in 1966 with a degree in industrial psychology. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1991 with 33 years of service, his final assignment being Supervisor of Special Services Engineers in Dallas. He also worked in Lubbock, Big Spring, Midland, and San Antonio for the company. After retirement Jim became interested in reenacting battles of the War Between the States plus doing grave marker dedications. He especially enjoyed doing school programs where he demonstrated the use of a musket. During the parades he attended he would pause and allow some of the small youngsters to hold his unloaded musket. Jim was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. He served in many offices in both organizations, his last being Lt. Commander of the J. M. "Matt" Barton Camp Number 441 Sons of Confederate Veterans. Jim was also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Jim became an amateur radio operator in 1977 and was active until his death. His favorite group of hams was the Africaner Net in which he was a net controller for 23 years.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Barbara Benton Rodgers, and Carolyn Benton.
Pall bearers will be his grandsons, James Joern, Taylor Arizpe, Benton Arizpe, son-in-law, Jerry Joern, cherished friends, Charles Bolding and James Noe. Honorary pall bearers will be the members of the J. M. "Matt"Barton Camp #441 ,Sons of Confederate Veterans, plus the five great-grandsons. Son-in- law, Steve Arizpe will do the memorial. Brother Pete Dugger will officiate. The funeral service will be held at Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro, Texas, at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 17, 2013, the family will receive friends at 10:00 A.M. one hour prior to the funeral, followed by the burial in Turner Cemetery, Fulbright, Texas.

James Walter Benton died May 14, 2013. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Beaty Funeral Home in Westboro. Beaty Funeral Home of Westboro.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 15, 2013


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