Jose Luis Benavides

July 19, 1944October 12, 2013
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Jose Luis Benavides de Posada of Marietta, Georgia, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, on October 12, 2013. He was 69 years old. He was a loving husband and father, a devoted son and sibling, and a cherished friend and patriot.

Mr. Benavides was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 19, 1944. His parents were Raul and Carina Benavides of Havana, Cuba, and had extended family in Camaguey, Cuba, where his descendants settled upon their arrival from Spain. His family, including his brother Raul and Aunt Esther Maria, lived in the Vedado section of Havana and they fled the Fidel Castro regime in August 1960 to Miami, Florida, eventually settling in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While in Havana, Mr. Benavides attended Colegio de la Salle, enjoyed sports at the Vedado Tennis Club and the beaches of Tarara, Cuba. He always had cherished memories of his childhood in Havana and, unfortunately, was never able to return.

While in Puerto Rico, Mr. Benavides lived in Santurce, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, and helped his family start a new life. After graduation, Mr. Benavides married Edna Frances Valdespino on August 11, 1967. He became an officer in the United State Army, reaching the rank of Captain. Stationed first in Ft. Eustis, Virginia, he later served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War in the 519th Transportation Battalion. After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Benavides returned to San Juan, Puerto Rico, became employed by The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), joined the Army Reserves, and started raising a family. During his time with IBM, Mr. Benavides was transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, Boca Raton, Florida, and eventually Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Benavides was an avid reader, especially of history, an enthusiastic football fan and maintained active relationships with U.S. military veterans. His children remember afternoons in El Morro, trips to Rio Mar, Abuelo's domino games, vacations to Disney World, wonderful Christmas times, his unconditional love and his lifelong words of advice. He was best loved by his family and friends for his jovial and spirited personality.

Mr. Benavides is survived by his wife, Edna F. Benavides of Marietta, Georgia; his brother, Raul Benavides and his wife Letty Ann of San Juan, Puerto Rico; his children, Jose L. Benavides and his wife Stephanie of New York, NY, Javier F. Benavides of Marietta, GA, Carina P. Stankiewicz Benavides and her husband Hubert, Edna F. Benavides and her husband Carles Asenjo of Valencia, Spain; and eight grandchildren. They all greatly miss "Papi" who left too early.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the H.M. Paterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel in Marietta, Georgia. A funeral mass will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church of Marietta, Georgia, on Wednesday, October 16th, at 11am and a Military Honors burial will be held on Thursday, October 17th, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jose Luis Benavides

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Earl Litz

November 8, 2014

Alas, Jose....we knew ye well! One of the most patriotic men I have ever met! Will always remember the reunions we had so much fun at. Looking forward to our reunion in eternity.

Herb Neeland

October 28, 2013

Dear Benavides family....This is Herb Neeland, the "Ghostman". I remember my wife bandaging Jose in Fla. at the reunion in 2003. Jose had fallen, and was terribly embarrassed, and angry. Leslie took him aside and just put a good old big bandage on him. I will miss our brother in the TLCB, God bless you and God bless my brother,,,,Herb Neeland, "Ghostman"

Ed Klaas

October 24, 2013

Dear Carina and family,

We are very saddened by the news of the passing of your father. I know I can speak for the entire Silver Bullet team and their parents when I say that Isabella, John Paul, Peter, you and Hubert were exactly where you needed to be!

May God bless your father, your entire family and all of our families. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to be of assistance.

Un fuerte abrazo and warm regards,


Maria de Valle

October 23, 2013

Mucha pena al leer de la muerte de José Luis, cierro los ojos y lo veo en el querido Tenis... Paz para ti y su familia, confio en qué Los velara desde el cielo.
Un abrazo,
Maria Elena

Suzy Glazer

October 23, 2013

Dear Carina and family,

We are so sorry to hear that your Father passed away. I remember what a sweet man he was and know what joy you always brought him. We send prayers and special love to you and the family.

Love, Suzy and Suzy

Jorge Planas

October 23, 2013


Siento mucho la muerte de tu hermano Jose Luis. Nunca le dijimos pero mi esposa Yoyita y yo sentiamos admiracion por el en su patriotismo y sus convicciones tan profundas. No se lo deciamos a nadie pero si comentabamos sobre muchos de sus emails. Lo extranaremos mucho. Que Dios lo tenga en la gloria. Se te quiere.

Jorge Y Georgina Planas

Luis Aceituno

October 23, 2013

Raul, que pena me da lo de Jose Luis, buen amigo, vecino, compañero lasallista , marques, y hermano de uno de mis mejores amigos....Siempre lo recuerdo sonriente, noble y aunque mas joven, en nuestro grupo....Me imagino que esa enfermedad lo hizo pasar por mucho....Luchador por sus convicciones hasta el final. Lucho mas de la cuenta por su pais adoptivo. Gran patriota y amigo....Por favor, a su familia directa, la cual nunca tuve el placer de cononcer, mi mas sentido pesame. Para Letian y tu, ahota ustedes tienen que hacerse cargo de sobrinos y sobrinos nietos!!! El esta con Dios...nosotros tenemos que seguir batallando!!
Un fuerte abrazo Lucas,

Raimundo "Oso" de Castro

October 23, 2013

Querido Raúl
Monsina y yo nos unimos a extenderles a ti, a Letty y tu familia nuestro más sentido pésame por el fallecimiento de José Luis. Siempre lo recordare en el colegio, VTC y jugando en nuestras casas.
José Luis ya descansó y esta gozando de una paz que nosotros no conocemos
Recibe un fuerte abrazo

Carina Benavides

October 23, 2013

I never imagined that my father on earth, Jose Luis Benavides, could give me the greatest gift on earth. My father's passing has revealed to me Christ - ever merciful and ever loving. It is a type of heaven on earth to experience this love and be united to Christ in this way. It is a gift beyond words. Being at my father's bedside at his death, I have truly witnessed God's unconditional love and mercy for humanity and God's plan for all of us - living for the prize of heaven.

I know my dad is smiling from above. Though he can't read this email, he can read my heart as I write these thoughts.

I so appreciate all the kind words and prayers for our family. Our hearts are grieving but at the same time, they are overflowing with joy knowing that our father- Jose Luis – is at peace.

Carina Patricia Stankiewicz (Benavides – of course!)

Chiqui Lamar

October 23, 2013

Dear Carina:

I didn't have the chance to meet you, but you are a splendid gift from Jose Luis to the rest of us, specially because I can see your deep faith and convictions. Jose Luis is at peace, and it is a fact that he fought against all ods, and kept his faith and perseverance in a Christian America intact. We can only follow his footsteps..he was a true undefeated leader. I will miss his writings knowing there will be no one to take his place with such dedication and patriotism.

There are only good memories left from Jose Luis: in our teenage parties, fun, music, dances, smiles, and a great personality... this is a great tribute for those of us that shared wonderful times together...We were indeed blessed.

You will always remain in our prayers,