On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 the celestial heavens opened up to welcome one of its sons home in the spirit of Deacon Jerry Benbow, 68, husband of Catherine Boyd Benbow, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born September 9, 1941, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Henry Sr. and Willie Mae Vaughn. He attended Lincoln High School in Sumter.
He was employed with Campbell Soup Company for 19 years and 9 years with Exide-Yuasa before retiring.
Deacon Benbow was a dedicated and faithful member of the St. Mark Four Bridges Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, President of the Sanctuary Choir, member of the Trustee Board, Sunday School teacher, Church Treasurer, and Division Leader of the Pastoral Support Ministry.
He was united in marriage to Catherine Boyd Benbow for 49 glorious years and they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 18, 2010 along with their children. His children will remember him as a man with great faith who loved God, his family, his church and his community.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted and loving wife of 49 glorious years, Catherine Benbow; eight children, Wanda (Thomas) Colclough of Sumter, Ricky (Cassandra) Benbow, Debra Mack, all of Dalzell, Vicky (Simon) Levy of Sumter, Theresa Benbow, Mark Benbow (Rosalinda), and Vivian Lane of the home, Margie (Isaac) Warren of Conyers, GA; a god son, Marcus Wilson; a host of grandchildren that were raised in the home as their own, Mario Benbow, Shileka Benbow, Serenity Lane, Zanaya Benbow, Nasir Benbow, all of Sumter, and Marcus Benbow of Baum Holder, Germany; two brothers, Willie (Doris) Vaughn of Macon, GA and Walter (Deloris) Vaughn of Dalzell; three sisters, Mary Loney of Rembert, Janie English of Dalzell, and Bertie Mae Nathaniel of Sumter; six sisters-in-law, Thelma Vaughn of Dalzell, Allen Boyd and Gladys Glover, both of Washington, DC, Rose Lee (Sammie) McQuillar of Bishopville, Edna Vaughn and Elizabeth (Robert) Peoples of Sumter; three brothers-in-law, James Boyd, Jr. of Sumter, Lewis Boyd of Summerton, and William Boyd of Newark, NJ; twenty three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two special friends, Howard Chappell and Dr. Vijay Pinto; a special niece, Viola Benbow of the home; an adopted son, Ikeef Brailsford; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Benbow, Jr. and Thomas Lane, Jr.; one grandson, Jaleel Benbow; one sister, Willie Mae Scott; three brothers, Henry Vaughn III, Elijah Vaughn and James Vaughn.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Sunday, May 16, 2010 from the St. Mark Four Bridges Missionary Baptist Church 2280 Four Bridges Road, Sumter with Reverend Dr. Sammie D. Simmons, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Minister Cynthia Golden, Rev. Michael Walker, and Pastor Clifton Witherspoon.
The family will receive friends at the home 4775 Cannery Road, Dalzell.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 2:00 p. m.
The funeral cortege will leave from the home at 2:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be Deaconess and Missionaries.
Pall bearers will be Deacons and Trustees.
Burial will be in the St Mark-Four Bridges Missionary Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Sumter.