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Dr. Thomas M. Benton

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Date published: 5/20/2014

Dr. Thomas M. Benton

On May 15, 2014, Thomas M. Benton, 88, lost his long battle with Parkinson's Disease at his farm in Spotsylvania County. He was born in Wayne County, N.C., to the late James Luby and Gladys Louise Hinnant Benton.

Tom was drafted and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater on the islands of Tinnian and Saipan. He loved baseball, and played both in college and semi-pro. He graduated from East Carolina Teachers College and the University of North Carolina, and received his doctorate from Duke University. He taught and coached baseball in several public school systems and served in public school administration his entire career, retiring as vice president of Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. His goal of raising cattle on his farm in Spotsylvania County was reached upon his retirement.

Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Jones "Buzzy" Benton; two children, Thomas Gregory Benton and his wife, Suuzy, of Spotsylvania and Amy Lynne Anderson and her husband, Brad, of Dallas; two sisters, Lillie Rose Hansen and Betty Louise Robinson; and one brother, John Emory Benton, all of Wayne County N.C. Survivors also include three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tom was predeceased by two brothers, James Harold Benton and Richard Paul Benton, and one sister, Aldath Faye Hudson.

The family will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the family farm.

Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice of Virginia or Parkinson's research.

An online guest book is available at johnsoncares.com.