Wil­liam Edgar Ben­ton Jr.

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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.

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