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Celebration of Life

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Thursday April 7th, 2016

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Celebration of Life

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Thursday April 7th, 2016

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Robert Benefiel, Jr.

Robert Joseph "Benny" Benefiel, Jr. , 64, of Lumber Bridge, NC passed away March 26, 2016 in his home following a long illness. He was employed for 22 years, 4 months in the US Air Force where he proudly served his country from 26 Sept. 1973-1 Oct. 1991. After that he was employed by the DODEES. Formerly of Gibson City, IL, Benny was the son of the late Robert Joseph Benefiel, Sr. and Rita Worland Benefiel. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Diana Roush Benefiel and a son, John William Benefiel; the loving brother of 5 sisters and 1 brother, Nancy Bode and husband John, Martha Heavilin and husband Steve, Jane Stanley and husband Rod, Susan Ferguson and husband Jim, Amy Stoltz and husband Jerry and Tom Benefiel and wife Jaime; 4 nieces, 9 nephews and 3 great grandnephews. He is survived, also, by a much loved sister-in-law, Brandi Rosch Beller and husband Raine O. "Skeeter" Beller and his mother-in-law, Janet Faye Atkinson Roush of Eleanor, WV. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday April 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, IL. and local services will be Thursday April 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneillmackiefuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 1825 K St., Ste 600, Washington, DC 20006. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls, NC.

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Diana, I am so sorry for your loss.You know I've been in your shoes.I won't be able to attend the memorial service but will definitely be thinking of you!Once you are "back on your feet," we'll get together.Please let me know if there's something I can do. Love, Pat

Pat DeLapa Apr 4 2016 12:00 AM

Mr. Benefiel is a person I have never forgotten and never will. He helped me when I was going through the toughest things in life and never gave up on me. He felt like a father to me. My heart is heavy. I wish I was able to attend the service. My condolences to his family and to others he has touched.

Alexa Palmgren Apr 1 2016 12:00 AM

I send my prayers to Susan and Jim and the whole Benefiel family.It is so difficult to lose a sibling.You have each other and many memories to help you through this difficult time.

Beverly Ferguson Apr 1 2016 12:00 AM

-Student from Albritton - 2008

Codie Troy McDaniel Mar 31 2016 12:00 AM

To a beloved teacher. You will be missed by all the students you helped through out their school days. I will surly miss you, because of you I choose to graduate a year early just to go back to NC and show you I did it. You inspired a lot of your students to do amazing things.

Caitlyn Gaulke Mar 30 2016 12:00 AM

Hey Benefiel, Sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there to make you smile so you won't hurt as much. Remember all the good times you shared. Sending prayers and thoughts from California (The Caswell's)

Patty Caswell Mar 29 2016 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to you Diana Roush Benefiel and your family. You have shown incredible strength for all you have been through. I am sure that God was with all of you throughout it all and will continue to be by your side through this time as well. May your good memories and love for each other help you through this difficult time.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Sharlita and Richard Jordan Mar 29 2016 12:00 AM

To our long time friends, we thank you for being part of our life.God puts you in the path of people for a reason and we are thankful He put us together years ago.Benny you will be missed by so many people who love you and Diana we love you and pray God gets you through this difficult time.Your friends/family Kay, Roy and Edna

Kay Gibson Mar 29 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother.Hugs and prayers to all of you

Sharon and Tom Heavilin Mar 29 2016 12:00 AM

You will be truly missed Benny. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and his loving wife Diana.

Brandy Walker Mar 29 2016 12:00 AM