James Marvin Benton

24 May, 193526 June, 2020

James Marvin Benton, 85, passed away on June 26, 2020 surrounded by family. He was born on May 24, 1935 to Marvin Benton and Joe Sherer Benton in Norfolk, Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy “Dot” Benton. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Adell Benton; his daughters, Tracy Benton Berke (Matthew), Molly Benton Echols, and Amy Benton Tunmire (Danny); his grandchildren, Benton English Echols, Howard Samuel Berke, Noah Benton Berke, Kadee Lee Tunmire, Lizzie Brown Echols, Aiden Isaiah Berke, and Max Vaughn Tunmire.

James was an electrician and a member of the IBEW Union #136 for 65 years, a member of the Masons, Lodge #506, and a Shriner. He served in the Alabama National Guard in the Corps of Engineers. James was a member of Grantswood Baptist Church.

He married Adell Mullins of Clanton, Alabama in 1968 and together they raised three daughters. He was a private pilot and loved to fly. He could fix anything. He had a great love for his farm and his cows. He loved to fish and to plant things, especially his blueberry and blackberry bushes. He loved his kids and grandkids unconditionally. He lived his life to provide for his family, working as far as Alaska on the pipeline for months at a time.

James will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 1-2 pm at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will follow at 2 pm. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.


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Sandi Townsend, nee Benton

3 July 2020

My deepest sympathies for my southern family and cousin, Jim Benton. May he be at peace and may our precious memories be of comfort and consolation.


Sue Kimbrell

1 July 2020

Mr Benton was a friend and a neighbor of mine since 1972. My husband Rob flew with him on occasion and my children grew up with his 😊he was a great man and friend to the Kimbrell’s. He will be missed! Love and prayers to his family ❤️🙏🏻❤️ Rob and Sue Kimbrell

Gary Parker

27 June 2020

My dad Roy Parker (Bud) and James were cousins. Back when James mother and dad were living Dad used to keep up with the Benton's and he really enjoyed being around James and his family. I remember when his twin girls were born, I was a young boy but I remember all the talk about them. James took me deer hunting one year and probably wasn't the best idea but I went. I didn't know Dot had passed away. I knew she lived in that big house of her mom and dads forever. I'm sorry that Jim is gone and wish the best for his family.


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