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SFC Alton C. Benton (RET)

January 18, 1954 ~ January 10, 2019 (age 64)
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Deacon Alton C. Benton On January 18, 1954, the second of four children of Albert Edward and Mae Thelma Benton (Kimbrough) was born in Randolph County, Georgia. Alton began his informal education on his grandparents’ farm in Randolph County. Alton would then go on to complete his secondary education at Terrell County High School in May of 1972. At the age of 17, Alton met the love of his life, Loucindy Crumbley, at her father’s funeral. This would be his passion for the rest of his life: caring for others during a time of loss and sorrow, still caring for others up until a few days prior to the Lord calling him home. Alton and Loucindy found true love and never looked back. Alton graduated from Terrell County High School in May of 1972. He went on to enlist in the United States Army and completed 24 years of service in June of 1998 with an honorable discharge. While enlisted, SFC Alton C. Benton received the Meritorious Service Medal for June 1988-May 1998. Alton and Loucindy married January 17, 1978, and his military service allowed them to travel the world living in both Germany and Italy. Upon retirement, they settled in Killeen, Texas, and lived the rest of their lives there. After retirement, he received an Associates Degree in General Studies in 2002, from Central Texas College, and he completed his funeral director program from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2004. They became loving and faithful members of Westside Baptist Church, where he served as a faithful and strong member of the Deacon Board. He was a dedicated pre-need counselor and funeral director at Branford Dawson Funeral Home of Temple, Texas, for 24 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Loucindy Crumbley Benton who passed August 27, 2018, and he refused to live without her. He is also preceded by his mother-in-law, Ophelia Crumbley; father, Albert E. Benton; daughter, Phylicia; and brother, Albert Parker. Living to cherish his memory are: his mother, Mae Thelma Benton of Dawson, GA; daughter, Dawne Kelly of Atlanta, GA; son, Brandon Benton of Dallas, TX; grandson, Donovan Benton of Marietta, GA; and siblings, Margaret (Kenneth) Moore of Atlanta, GA, Carolyn (Willie, Jr.) Tolbert and Harold (Brenda) Benton of Dawson, GA; seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Luther (Lois) Crumbley of Albany, GA, Benjamin (Mary) Senoia, Albert (Mary) of Dawson, GA, Joseph Crumbley of Atlanta, GA, Ruth Williams-Usher of Orlando, FL, Anne Byirt and Elizabeth Kilgore of Rockford, IL; a very special aunt and cousins who were like a second mother and siblings: Betty K. Williams, Latricia K. Browner and Audra P. Price; and a host of close loving aunts, uncles,nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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