Eugene Ray BEnson

January 28, 1927November 17, 2010

Eugene Ray Benson, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 2:00 pm at Hanes Lineberry Vanstory Chapel. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park.

Ray was born on Jan. 28, 1927, in Lynchburg, VA, the son of Ernest Ray and Mary Cowins Benson. He served his country during WW II in the US Navy. He worked at J P Stevens as a cost accountant and upon his retirement, he founded Real Realty Company. Ray was of the Methodist faith, loved college basketball especially Duke, singing country music like George Jones with his son-in-law backing him on guitar. He was the best father in the world and a devoted husband to his loving wife Merle who preceded him in death in 1976. He loved his family and will be deeply missed.

Those surviving are his daughters Susan Benson Gleason and Linda Benson Royal along with their significant others Mark Fricke and Mark Royal, plus his grandson Ben Gleason, all of Greensboro, NC. Also is very special friend of 29 years, Betty Lindsey and her son Lenny Clark of Greenville, SC. Uncle Paul Cowins and wife Lucille, plus cousin Jean Fringer and husband Denny, all of Lynchburg, VA. Cousin Lewis Cowins of Danville, VA, and brother-in-law Joe Mitchell of Greensboro, NC. Ray was also loved by his animal grandchildren Ruby Sue, Mary Sue, Peggy Sue, Roxie, Tabby Sue, Pit, Jenny, and Zack.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, Greensboro Chapter, 1501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC 27405

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm till service time on Saturday at Hanes Lineberry Vanstory Chapel.


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Kim Ruefenacht

November 20, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Every time I walk by your office and see the empty chair I feel sad for you. I know you were very close to your father and will miss him dearly. I hope happy memories of him will sustain you during this time of grief.

Debbie Smith

November 19, 2010

Susan and Linda,
We are so sorry for the loss of your father he was such a nice man and and a wonderful father. I will miss seeing him walk by our house and speaking to him. We are here if you need us for anything.
Debbie, Lisa, Haley, Bruce and Andi

Tammy Marshburn

November 19, 2010

Susan and Linda,
I'm very sorry for the loss of your father. I know he was a great man and a wonderful Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God be there to comfort you through this difficult time.

November 19, 2010

We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad and a true American Hero who served our country proudly. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this troubled time. We were all lucky to have him in this world. Mike, Cheryl, Austin & Alex Huffman

Dick Yeomans

November 19, 2010

Cherish the memories you have of Poppy. Share them with each other and he will live forever with you. You have friends who are here for you.


November 19, 2010

Ray was a wonderful, understanding person who became my surrogate big brother when I needed him most. Paul Cowins