Eugene Albert Benfield, 92, of Statesville, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Iredell County on November 8, 1921 to the late Floyd and Bertha Waugh Benfield.
Mr. Benfield was educated in the Statesville City Schools and on May 16, 1941 he married Paulene Wooten Benfield, who survives. They enjoyed over 73 years of marriage before his passing. He was a truck driver most of his career, and retired from Hennis Freight Lines after almost 30 years of service.
He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and enjoyed eating breakfast with friends at the Friendly Family Restaurant. He loved working on motors and there wasn’t a lawnmower or motorcycle that he couldn’t fix.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald Eugene Benfield, four sisters, and one brother.
Mr. Benfield is survived by his wife; a daughter, Carolyn Benfield, two sons, Terry Benfield (Beverly) and Johnny Benfield (Janet); five grandchildren, Terrie, Richard, Scotty, Beverly, and Traci; and seven great granddaughters, Ashley, Samantha, Taylor, Brittany, Celeste, Christian, and Carson. He is further survived by a special friend, Rodney Lewis.
Funeral services for Mr. Benfield will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with Rev. Cowles Bristol III and Rev. Olin Isenhour officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Nicholson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.