Robert "Steve" Benson

February 4, 1951April 22, 2021

Robert "Steve" Benson, 70, of Monroe passed away on April 22, 2021. Steve was born and raised in Charlotte and moved to Monroe in the mid 1990's.

Steve is predeceased by his stepfather, Harold R. Hoke, sister, Jody L. Benson and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Childrey and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Benson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Debbie Griffin Benson; mother, Frances C. Hoke; brother, Jerry Benson and his wife Debbie; step-sisters, Ginja Hoke and Candice Hoke-Taylor and her husband, George Taylor; step-brothers, Eric Hoke and Reid Hoke; sister-in-law, Dana Overcash and her husband, Billy; brother-in-law Ken Griffin and his wife, Diane; aunt, Sara Filewood along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. Steve also leaves behind his two dogs that he adored, Stella and Cooper.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Home, 204 South Main Street, Monroe, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve's memory to the National Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at, or through the mail at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110; The Humane Society of Union County, PO Box 101, Monroe, NC 28111 or American Liver Foundation Charitable Giving, PO Box 299, West Orange, NJ 07052.


  • National Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • Hospice of Union County
  • The Humane Society of Union County
  • American Liver Foundation Charitable Giving


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021


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Candice Hoke

April 28, 2021

So much could be said about Steve’s love of fishing & other scenic outdoors sports like cycling & golf. But most of all I recall his humor.

The world is a less joyful place without Steve’s playful teasing & witty comments. He could get away with poking fun at and with stuffy types, getting all to share a laugh. His birthday cards to his mother & stepdad could be on the searing side of humor about aging but always evoked a smile & funny retort.

I will always remember him as lively, unique, energetic & enthusiastically witty soul who lived his life in the ways he chose rather than on others’ terms.

Brant Hart

April 26, 2021

Steve was in my World History class at Garinger during our junior year. It's sad to hear that Garinger's class of 1969 has lost another classmate and that you have lost a family member. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.