McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe

204 South Main Street, Monroe, NC


James Monroe Benton Jr.

July 21, 1967December 1, 2019

James Monroe Benton, Jr. (Jimmy) beloved father, son and brother lost his heroic battle with cancer on December 1, 2019 at the age of 52. Jimmy was born on July 21, 1967 in Monroe, NC to James Monroe Benton, Sr. and Margaret Ann Williams Stover. Jimmy graduated from Piedmont High School in 1985. An avid Redskins fan and history buff, Jimmy enjoyed reading and making models. A devoted father, Jimmy’s greatest love was that of his daughter Ashley. Jimmy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Smith and Margaret Benton and maternal grandparents, Hoyle and Mary Wiliams. Jimmy is survived by his father, Jim Benton and his wife Gail; mother, Margaret Ann Stover and her husband Shannon; daughter, Ashley Nicole Benton; sisters, Suzanne Demby (Cameron), Emily Hilliker (Stewart); step-sisters, Jill Thurman (Trey), Leigh Ann Randolph (Chad) and step-brother, Jeremy Medlock (Suzanne) and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m.at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Benton Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Union County 700 West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe, NC 28110. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family.


  • Hospice of Union County


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019


James Monroe Benton Jr.

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Andrew Harver

December 5, 2019

Wishing Ashley, and her family, great peace and strength upon the loss of her father, James Jimmy Benton.
Andrew Harver, Professor, UNC Charlotte

Alison Baucom

December 4, 2019

From Unionville to Piedmont Middle to Piedmont High to Class of 1985 we knew each other for a long time. When I was told about your battle with cancer my heart dropped. That is a disease that is just awful. The older I get the more I feel that cancer is a challenge and you fought that fight . You didn’t lose the battle you earned the reward. You’re where there is no more pain, no more struggles. Heaven is your new home. Rest In Peace my friend. Sending prayers to the whole family during these difficult times. My heart & my thoughts with be with all of you. 🙏🏻

Cindy Moore

December 3, 2019

My sweet Jimmy. You will always have a place in my heart. You were such a great friend and alwsys gave me great advice. Loved working with you at Harris Teeter. May you rest in peace. You were and still lived by many.

Caroline Goodwin Schorr

December 2, 2019

So saddened to learn of your great loss. My most heartfelt condolences to you, Margaret Ann and your family. God Bless you and give comfort in this most difficult time.