The Obit For Red Benton

Horace Pope "Red" Benton, Jr.
March 1, 1921 ~ January 1, 2012

Published in The News & Observer on January 3, 2013


Horace Pope "Red" Benton, Jr., 91, of Wilson passed away Tuesday. A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Maplewood Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Walling will officiate.

The family will receive friends 6:00–8:00 p.m. Friday at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson.

"Red" graduated from UNC in 1942 where he was a letterman in football and baseball. He was a WWII veteran, attaining the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, "Red" taught and coached at Charles L. Coon High School and taught accounting at Atlantic Christian College.

He played in the Coastal Plain league with the Wilson Tobs. "Red" started Benton Office Interiors in 1951 and stayed active in the business till his passing. He was first elected to the Wilson City Council in 1957 and later served as Mayor of Wilson during the 1970's.

"Red" was a longtime member of First Christian Church where he served as a deacon. He was a firm believer in the family. "Red" was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

"Red" is survived by his daughter, Lynda Benton Blakistone and husband, Jon of Wimberly, TX; his son, Branch Harrell Benton and wife, Kim of Wilson; and his grandchildren, Fran Marie Benton, Allison Keith Benton, Griffin Harrell Benton, Tricia Lynn Blakistone and Joe Scott Blakistone and wife, Blythe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Harrell Benton and his parents, Horace Pope Benton, Sr. and Marie Branch Benton.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 2702, Wilson, NC 27894 or the N.C. Baseball Museum, 4401 Rockport Drive, Wilson, NC 27896.