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James Fred Benson

Originally published: Jan. 23, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 23, 2013

Mr. James "Jim" Fred Benson, 64, of Crumpler, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Benson was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Ashe County to Virgil Roscoe and Martha Johnson Benson.

Mr. Benson was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Junior and Wilmer Benson; and sister, Doris McCall.

He loved to play on his John Deere Tractor and loved to play chess. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David Blackburn and the Rev. Jack Pugh. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday prior to the service.

Mr. Benson is survived by his wife, Linda Seward Benson; two daughters, Peggy Benson and husband, Darrell Hartzog, of West Jefferson and Jennifer Byland and husband, Seth, of Fleetwood; three grandchildren, Taylor Byland, J. T. Austin and Randi Byland; one great-grandchild, Ayden Lonon; three sisters, Carlotta Finley and Joyce Richardson and husband, Brad, all of Crumpler and Juanita Baldwin and husband, Ben, of Winston-Salem; sister-in-law, Reba Benson of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family: Linda Benson, 301 Huckleberry Ridge Rd., Crumpler, NC 28617.

Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family at http://www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mr. Benson's arrangements.

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