William Edgar Benton Jr.
GRASONVILLE — William Edgar Benton Jr. of Grasonville, MD, passed from this life into eternal life on Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was born May 3, 1933, in Grasonville, the third child of Edgar and Margaret Hunter Benton.
Always a hard worker, he began soft crabbing when he was about 10 years old and started oystering with his father near the end of World War II. He graduated from Stevensville High School in 1951 and continued working on the water, except for the years between 1951-55 when he served his country in the United States Army. He married his Jr. high school sweetheart, Marilyn Golt, on April 20, 1957, and they resided in Grasonville, near Cabin Creek, for the rest of their married life. Bill was also a skilled carpenter, having been taught well by his father. In this endeavor he worked at first for his brother Curtis Benton. He later became a member of the Carpenters Local 1145, and over the years, worked for the Jonal Corporation and the George Hyman Construction Company. He was also a charter member of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department. Upon retiring, he spent the rest of his days using all his skills to lovingly tend his patch of ground at Cabin Creek.
Without a doubt, the driving force of his life was the great love he had for his family. Left to very keenly miss his presence are his three children, his son, William E. Benton III and his wife Beverly of Centreville, MD; his two daughters, Janice Benton Welch and her husband Sam of Parksley, VA, and Catherine Benton Harwood and her husband Bert of Magnolia, DE; as well as his eight grandchildren: Candace Welch Vernon (Scott), Jay Welch (Danielle), Katie Reed Ballinger (Rob), Caroline Welch, Christopher Tona, Mari Catherine Welch, William E. Benton IV and Callie Jo Benton; and also his first great-grandson, Jake Welch. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Margaret Pearsall of Phoenixville, PA; his sister’s husband, Frank Tolson of Ridgely, MD, with whom he worked for many years; his life-long best friend, Charles K. Bryan of Grasonville, the most excellent neighbors one could ever hope to have; and all his remaining sisters and brothers-in-law from his wife’s family. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Catherine Benton Moore and Marlene Benton Tolson; and a brother, Curtis Benton Sr.
Strong-willed and determined, Bill was a man of integrity and prudence, always ready to help you, whatever your need. He did not like to travel, and was very content to spend time at home, walking, tending the yard, vegetable gardening, reading, and creating inventive things, and most of all spending time with his family. He kept up with current events and politics, and always had an eye to the weather, but also loved the opportunity to talk about the old days and people of Grasonville and Kent Island with the few left who can still remember such times. However, what he loved most was his family, all of whom will be forever grateful for the good ground he put under their feet.
A graveside service to honor his memory will be held on Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Easton, MD.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.
WILLIAM EDGAR BENTON JR.