June 30, 1950 – October 3, 2021
Roy Benefield, age 71, of Cataula, GA., went Home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, October 10 at 3pm at Striffler-Hamby, Columbus, GA, with Pastor Andy Taunton officiating. Committal service will be held on Monday October 11 at 1pm in Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, GA. The family will receive friends at 2 pm prior to the service. The family will also have visitation on Friday, October 8 from 5-7pm at the funeral home.
Roy was born June 30, 1950, to the late James Roy Benefield and Ruby Crittenden Benefield in Columbus, GA. He was a 1968 graduate of Jordan Vocational High School. Roy was Christian by faith, accepting Christ in his youth. He regularly attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cataula, GA. Roy made his life’s work in forklifts, bringing Toyota Forklift to Columbus in 1983 as Professional Lift Sales and Services, LLC. He retired in December 2017 from Southern States Toyota. Roy was a hardworking man and a mentor to many. His advice was to “always keep a pen in your shirt or pants pocket, have a notepad to write on, always keep a flashlight on you, and to never stand around with your hands in your pockets”. He loved saltwater fishing with his fishing buddies and NASCAR. He enjoyed old-time quartet gospel singing and, as a teen, he was a member of Riverview Quartet along with his brother Floyd, sister Linda, and mother. He especially enjoyed listening to Ernie Haase. Roy said the last 31 years were the best he had lived because of his wife Lynn. He loved her deeply. He loved his family, friends, and his and Lynn’s mini-dachshund Coco. He always answered his phone and was there whenever needed. Roy was a member of the Columbian Lodge No. 7 of Columbus, GA. Roy was Past Master and a 32nd Degree Mason. There was nothing Roy couldn’t fix. Many people would call him for assistance for working through mechanical issues. Roy was indeed a master at his trade. While some might skim through a magazine, Roy would be reading repair manuals or saltwater fishing magazines. Roy was a man who said what he thought and meant what he said. Roy was wise, thoughtful, and worldly with a very analytical mind and was very knowledgeable with any task.
Roy is survived by his wife Lynn, children Mark Hebert, Newport News, VA; Tori (Hobie) Larck, Wetmpka, AL; Heather (Eddie) Lunsford, Phenix City, AL; Jason (Jennifer) Hebert, Destin, FL; Leigh Roller, Columbus; sister Linda (David) King, Phenix City, AL; sister Marie Logan, California; thirteen grandchildren, Brandon (Kindall) Dobson, Wilmington, NC; Tamara (Johnny) Ross, Wetumpka, AL; Zachary (Samantha) Luster, Wetumpka, AL; Kaitlyn (Justin) Lyle, VA; Grace and Dylan Lark, Wetumpka, AL; Zachary Hebert, Surry, VA; Drew (Savannah) Lunsford, Columbus GA; Payton (Laracco) Glaze, Ft. Bliss, TX; Melany Lunsford, Phenix City, AL; Nyles Huling, Stockbridge, GA; Scarlett and Miller Hebert, Destin, FL; two great-grandchildren Nora and Ian Dobson, Wilmington, NC; sister-in-law Sandra Benefield, Midland, GA; brother-in-law Chris Lutz, Houston, TX; several nieces and nephews, and very special friends with whom he enjoyed many fishing trips.
Roy was predeceased by his parents, brothers Floyd and James, sisters Dorothy Jones and Nancy Canty. The family and friends agree the world was a much better place with Roy in it and we mourn his loss.
“Keep ya nose to to the grindstone and keep on doin what ya doin”
- Lynn Benefield, Wife
- Mark Hebert, Newport News, Tori (Hobie), Heather (Eddie), Jason (Jenifer) Hebert, Leigh Roller,, Children
- Linda (David) King and Marie Logan, Sisters
- Brandon (Kindall) Dobson, Tamara (JOhnny) Ross, Zachary (Samantha) Luster, Kaitlyn (Justin) Lyle, Grace and Dylan Lark, Zachary Hebert, Drew (Savannah) Lunsford, Payton (Laracco) Glaze, Melany Lunsford, Nyles Huing, Scarlett and Miller Hebert, Grandchildren
- Nora and Ian Dobson, Great grandchildren
- Sandra Benefield, Sister in law
- Chris Lutz, Brother in law
Friday, October 8, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
October 7, 2021
Roy was my brother’s Jerry Lee’s uncle in law’ and best friend. After my brother passed in December he was there for my sister in law telling her not to make any big decisions for at least a year because she was so lost without my brother. He was such a good person and friend. I will miss you so much. My condolences to his family he will be missed.
October 7, 2021
I was so sorry and saddened to hear of Roy's passing. I knew Roy for over 40 years. We met when I went to work for Wrenn Brothers, a fork lift dealership, in 1979. Roy was a mechanic at the time (if you called him a tech, he would correct you and tell you that he was a forklift "mechanic") and I was in equipment sales. The first day of my employment, I rode with Roy, in his service van, to go see some of his customers. We had the best time and I learned so much from him after just one day on the job. We found out that we were both christians and in later years he and I and our wives went to several Gaither concerts and most recently, a Ernie Haas concert in LaGrange. We, along with our wives had the best time...one I will always remember. I truly loved Roy Benefield. He was a true friend and was one of the kindest men Ive ever know. Roy had a type A personality and was a friend of hundreds, maybe even thousands. I am glad we were friends and brothers in Christ. Actually, we are still friends because he has just put off his earth suit and is now in heavenly suit. He is waiting for us all.
October 6, 2021
Roy and I worked together at Wade Linen. Honestly, I have nothing but fomd memories. Over the last year and a half we had several discussions about our common hero, Jesus of Nazareth, and about our role as citizens of heaven here on earth.
He was a great example of humility and strength and I will miss him dearly; Till I see you again in heaven dear friend!
October 6, 2021
Roy and I go back to our teenage years, Saturday night meeting with Lamar at the Clearview drive-in me and Roy in his Candy Apple Red 59 Ford he got from Johnny spurlock Lamar in his baby blue Ford. Those were the days,
See you in heaven!
October 6, 2021
Eating breakfast in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, off the hood of our trucks, before a bottom fishing trip out of Apalachicola.
I went to a yard sale in Cataula that advertised fishin gear. I walked in as Roy was walking out, with ALL the gear. He picked at me about sleepin in late and letting him get a head start. The next monday he stops by the shop with half the gear and gave it to me. Wouldnt take a dime for it.
Mr Roy routinely stopped by the shop to check on us, offer advice, encouragement, and of course, talk fishing.
Safe to say i loved the man and we will miss him dearly.
Godspeed Mr Roy and our sincere condolences to the family.
October 6, 2021
Roy has maintained our entire fleet at Energy Savers for about the last ten years. It has been a pleasure to see him each and every time he pulled into our parking lot. He always had a smile and loved to talk boats and fishing. You will be hard pressed to find a finer man! Roy always talked about his love for Jesus too, it’s comforting to know we will see him again someday! We’ll miss you buddy!
Billy Smith JR
October 5, 2021
May favorite memory of this Great Man was March 20,2021 we were sit out to fish the weather was supposed to be mid 70 s threw the day and me being new to a lot of the things Roy was teaching me between driving rough waters and finding the perfect fish location I failed to listen to the attire part I showed up in flip flops and shorts weather never got above 55 that day my feet started to turn purple then blue then completely lost feeling Roy started to laugh saying you need a good pair of trousers and shoes well to sum it up I ended up wearing fish rags around my feet for 5 hours and keeping them warm on the motor cowlings as Roy couldn’t stop laughing at me and taking pictures to capture that moment next morning I showed up in a nice warm pair of Columbia fishing shoes this man went above and beyond to bond a friend ship with anyone he came in contact with and if you loved salt water you were already best friends no words can describe how much he will be missed but he will for sure never be forgotten I Love you Roy and all of the Benefield family !