JEFFERSON - Bennie Bradford Benson Jr., 73, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. Brad suffered from Parkinson's for the past 10 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, B.B. Benson Sr. and Annie Mae Love Benson.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Barbara Barnett Benson; one daughter, Kelli Benson Sosebee and husband, Ted; four wonderful grandchildren, Kaleb Sosebee, Ashton Sosebee, Kendall Sosebee and Rylee Sosebee, Jefferson; four siblings, J.B. (Jim) Benson and Guy Dean, Marty B. Cooper and Danny, Jefferson, and Merita Beatty, Newnan; seven nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews. Brad was honored to have two namesakes.
Brad was a Transportation Engineer II and was employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation before retiring after 34 years as a crew chief of three location survey parties out of Gainesville. He then worked in Barrow County as head of the Engineering Department for 12 plus years. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1961-1964 aboard the USS Canberra. His active duty time included deployments during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Brad had multiple deployments to ports of call around the world during his time in service. His ending rank was Postal Clerk Third Class aboard the USS Canberra.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Mark Mobley, Wayne Norris and Doug Hilliard officiating. Burial will follow in the Evans Memory Gardens with Alex Bryan, Tim Love, Frank Eberhart, Harrison McDonald, Peanut Evans and Jim Love honored as pallbearers. Fellow retired D.O.T. employees will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 1, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are optional with memorials made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018, or the charity of your choice.
Evans Funeral Home Jefferson is in charge of arrangements.