James R. Benton
James Ray Benton, 70, of 5206 Cypress Road, Fayetteville, died
Monday in his home.
He was an Army veteran. He retired as a warehouseman with the civil
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in
Lafayette j Baptist Church by Dr. Brian Lee. Burial will
be in Lafayette Memorial Park.
Mr. Renton is survived by his wife, Ellen T. Benton of the
home; two sons, James Thomas "Tom" Benton of Fayetteville
and Robert Tew "Rob" Benton of Apex; a daughter, Sue B. Vines
of Raleigh; three brothers, Don Benton of Winston-Salem, Alvin
E. Benton of Garland and Robert "Bobby" Benton of High
Point; five sisters. Elizabeth B. Nealeans of High Point,
Kathleen B. Carter of Penhook, Va., Evelyn B. Johnson of Ingold.
Doris "Dot" Blackmon of Garland; and Lou Carol Morrison of Winston-Salem;
and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catch The Vision;
care of Lafayette Baptist Church, 301 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville
Observer-Times Wednesday. December 2,1992
(courtesy of Larry Gaylord)
for James R. Benton in Plot 88 of the Lafayette Memorial
Park, Fayetteville (Cumberland county), North Carolina.
James enlisted at Fort Bragg, NC on 2 Oct 1942 and was assigned to
Company A, 508th PIR.
He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and again into Holland for
Operation Market-Garden, 17 September 1944. although
he came through 33 days of combat in France unscathed, he
was severely wounded on his second day on Holland.
according to Sgt James Blue, "James Blue wrote: "Benton
received approximately seventeen MG bullet wounds in the
right arm, side and leg ... He did not return to unit."
In fact, after more than two months in a field hospital, Pfc Benton
was transferred back to Ft Benning for further medical care.