Nell <I>Colson</I> Benton

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Nell Colson Benton

  • Birth 27 Sep 1945 Walterboro, Colleton County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 19 Aug 2010 Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Walterboro, Colleton County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 57370943

Nell Colson Benton, of Walterboro, entered into her state of eternal rest on the morning of August 19, 2010, in Charleston.

Born September 27, 1945 in Colleton County, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie Colson and the late Ruth Vernelle Nettles Colson.

Ever since a young age, Nell was dedicated to hard work, a trait she learned from her family. For thirty-five years, she was a partner and the Chief Financial Officer of Benton's Pest Control in Walterboro, a business that she along with her late husband founded and dedicated many hours of love and labor too. In her younger years, she was an accounting bookkeeper with Stevenson Finance Company in Walterboro and was also a sales person for the former Warshaw's of Walterboro having worked under Mr. Bernard Warshaw.

Nell was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she was active in many aspects of the work performed through the Walterboro Branch of which her family was founding members. At the Walterboro Branch, she was a Seminary Teacher, Primary Teacher, Visiting Teacher, Young Women's Teacher, and a Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member and counselor for the Relief Society and a former Pianist. She was the oldest living kidney transplant recipient of thirty-seven years, having had a second transplant after the failure of her first, and was recognized for this paramount accomplishment by being invited by the Medical University of South Carolina to speak at their reception on the Yorktown in Charleston and was also invited to serve as the final Grand Marshall for the annual Cooper River Bridge Run before its closing and the construction of the Don Holt Bridge.

Nell lived a life of virtue and was strongly dedicated to her family and faith. She was active each year in the annual Colleton County Relay for Life as well as was an active advocate for the National Kidney Foundation. She will be fondly remembered for the many attributes that established her life, for her love and devotion, as well as her joy in sewing and crochet work, her talent and love of music and playing the piano, and the beautiful words she composed in her poetry writing.

Surviving are: a son, Kevin William Benton and wife Catherine Anne Benton of Summerville; a daughter, Stacy Lynn Benton Mixon of North Augusta; a brother, Lonnie T. "Timmy" Colson and wife Brenda Colson of Walterboro; and a sister, Lisa C. Gregorich and husband George Gregorich of Greeneville, TN; three grandchildren, Dylan Michael Mixon, William Montgomery Benton, and Samuel LeBoeuf Benton; as well as her mother-in-law, Mrs. Edna Nettles Benton of Sniders; and a brother-in-law, Wendell "Wendy" Benton and wife Debbie Benton of Sniders; along with her special friend, Wayne Birchall of Walterboro.

Interment was in Bedon Baptist Churchyard.

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  • Created by: Just another taphophile
  • Added: 20 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57370943
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nell Colson Benton (27 Sep 1945–19 Aug 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57370943, citing Bedon Baptist Church Cemetery, Walterboro, Colleton County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Just another taphophile (contributor 46513469) .