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Theodore Charles "Ted" Benefiel

  • Birth 17 Mar 1917 Goltry, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 20 Jul 2001
  • Burial Purcell, McClain County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Plot 716
  • Memorial ID 70986046

Mr. Benefiel was the son of Charles Theodore & Florence Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Schwennesen) Benefiel.

Soon after graduating at Lambert High School in 1935, Ted leased a service station in Cherokee, OK. He enjoyed learning to drive and work on cars at an early age. In 1931 when he went to California with seven other members of the family, he drove a great deal of the way. He was only 14 but was an excellent driver.

On 13 June 1937, at the Baptist Church, Cherokee, he was wed to Pauline Thomas, the daughter J. F. & Mary Ellen Thomas, of Alfalfa Co., OK. Born to this union were a daughter and son.

Soon after opening the station, his ability was recognized, and he was asked to work for the Ford Garage at Cherokee. In 1938 he transferred to Enid where he was parts manager for that Ford Garage and the family lived there for 20 years. In 1959, he bought the Ford dealership in Okeene, and 9 years later they changed to the larger dealership in Purcell.

He was president of the OK Automobile Assoc., and in 1979 he was chosen by the Nat. Automobie Dealers Assoc. & TIME Magazine as one of "68 distinguished automobile dealers" to be "recipients of the 10th annual TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award." In 1976, he received a certificate and gift from OK State Tech in recognition of his services as a member of the automotive center advisory committee.

The Benefiels enjoyed travel in their early marriage years by camping — often with the old travel trailer that his folks had built. In years to come they would tour Europe, England, Mexico and Canada.



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  • Created by: Jane
  • Added: 7 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70986046
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore Charles "Ted" Benefiel (17 Mar 1917–20 Jul 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70986046, citing Hillside Cemetery, Purcell, McClain County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Jane (contributor 46787182) .