Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Ronald Michael Benrey

November 11, 1941May 11, 2014

Ronald Michael Benrey, 73, of New Bern, died unexpectedly on May 11th, 2014.

Ronald was born in New York City in 1941 to Dr. and Mrs. Irwin Benrey. He was for 49 years a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Janet, of London, England. The couple was married in New York City in 1965.

Ron and Janet moved to New Bern in 2007. Ron retired from Northrop Grumman in Herndon, Virginia where he worked in the IT Department as a Proposal Specialist. Ron (with his wife Janet) is the author of ten novels and the author of more than ten works of non-fiction. In 2011 they started Greenbrier Book Company, an e-book publisher.

Ron is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science (Electric Engineering) in 1962. Ron received his Masters of Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978, and earned a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University in 1982.

Surviving are his wife Janet, his son Andrew Benrey of Austin, Texas (wife Angela Benrey), his son Jeffrey Benrey, also of Austin, Texas (wife Alicia Benrey and grandson Rylan), two sisters, Judith Corrie of San Diego, California, Dedee Benrey of New York City, his nieces Linda Kelly (San Francisco, California), and Lisa Corrie, San Diego, and a nephew Sean Corrie, also of San Diego.

Ron was a member of First Presbyterian Church in New Bern and was active on several committees. When not writing Ron liked to travel and spend time on his boat Muse.

A service of the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church, New Bern, on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


  • Service of the Resurrection

    Monday, May 19, 2014


Ronald Michael Benrey

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November 11, 2014

Dear Ron, on your birthday - 11.11.14 - you are ever present, never forgotten. Love, Dedee

David Gutierrez

June 2, 2014

Janet and Family, Dedee Benrey
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4

Ron and Anna Brind

June 1, 2014

Anna and I are shocked and saddened to hear of Ron's passing Janet. We can only imagine what you are going through at this time.

It is fair to say that without Ron's input my own ebook would not have come to fruition. Ron was definitely a man of great ability, a really nice guy and we feel honored to have met him personally during your Oxford, UK visit.

We can now only wonder what he might be saying to C S Lewis. Perhaps he's bringing Jack up to date with regard to the latest technology with that thoughtful look and knowing smile of his?

Janet Benrey

May 24, 2014

Your thoughts and prayers are a huge comfort to me. Thank you all for your condolences.

Dedee Benrey

May 24, 2014

What a testimony to a man's life, if over the span of his days, he was always someone's hero. Thank you to all who supported our family at the service for my brother Ron -

In the Neuse River
Whether sailing or on Muse,
I wish I had that chance to sail
And smile alongside you.

But on Celestial Waters
Where I pray we'll meet again,
May Heaven steer and hold you dear,
My brother - ever - friend.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Nancy Mehl

May 19, 2014

Janet and family: I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ron's death. He was so encouraging to me. When Ron gave you a compliment it meant something. I had so much respect for him and will always be thankful I had the chance to know him. I'll be praying for all of you. God bless you and keep you close during this difficult time.

Cheryl Stevenson

May 18, 2014

Janet, Dave and I were shocked to hear about Ron's passing. We so enjoyed the classes he taught at First Pres. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Star Lawrence

May 17, 2014

Ron was a fellow member of our screenwriting group in Washington. He always had cogent commentary. I was shocked to hear this. You will be missed, Ron, and my heart goes out to Janet. Maybe we will meet again down the road.

Marcia Talley

May 16, 2014

Janet, we are sending love and virtual hugs your way. Ron was a special person in so many ways, and he will be sorely missed.

Deborah Raney

May 15, 2014

Janet and family, it truly is hard to imagine a world without Ron Benrey in it. He always made us smile, always made us think, and kept us on our toes. He will be deeply missed by so many. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months to come.

Deb and Ken Raney