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James Kenneth "Abe" Benjamin, 82, died Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born December 23, 1937, in Union County to James Herman and Essie Modie Richardson Benjamin. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 72 and had served in the U. S. Army National Guard Troop A 1/108th Armored Calvary with the rank of Staff Sargeant. He was a long time member of the New Albany Civitan Club and chairman of the Peanut Committee, a scholarship fund raiser. He was a retired shoe cobbler and owner of Benjamin's Footwear and Shoe Repair. He loved his church and church family and especially loved playing golf with his son Michael.
He is survived by his wife: Bobbie Westmoreland Benjamin; 2 daughters: Melissa Jackson (Cliff) and Denise Meek (Eddie); 1 son: Michael Benjamin; 4 sisters: Jo Crawford, Nellie Witt, Dorothy Gaines, and Martha Edwards; and 7 grandchildren: Kent Collier, Sydney Collier, Bella Benjamin, Megan Benjamin, Chase Palmer, Anna Grace Jackson, and Molly Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother: Mary Hall Benjamin; an infant sister: Mildred Joyce Benjamin; an infant brother: Thomas Ray Benjamin; 1 step-sister: Joanne Hodges; and 1 step-brother: Harvet Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Meek, Cliff Jackson, Kent Collier, Chase Palmer, Jerry Crawford, Terry Hill, and Brent Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be American Legion Post 72.
In honor of Mr. Benjamin's service to his country United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Calvary United Methodist Church
New Albany, MS 38652