Lois Marie Summey Benfield

November 2, 1937January 11, 2012

Lois Marie Summey Benfield, 74, of Old Fort, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Mission Campus in Asheville. Born on November 2, 1937, she was the daughter of Pauline Summey Anderson and the late Lawrence Summey.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her children' s father, Donald Ray Benfield; daughter, Debra McGraw; son, Harold Benfield; two sisters, Betty Jean and Ruby; and brother, Howard.

She is survived by her soul mate of 30 years, William Manley of Old Fort; children, Frank L. Benfield (Misty Sprouse Benfield) of Morganton, Teresa Manley (Tim Welch) of Marion, Vickie Parrish (David Nauertz) of Old Fort and Tammy Mejia of Dysartsville; daughter-in-law, Vanessa Benfield of Morganton; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchildren; mother, Pauline Summey Anderson of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Charles Summey of Old Fort; half-sisters, Lynn Gray (Billy) of Marion and Mary Ann Brown of Edneyville, NC; and half-brother, Dean Summey of Edneyville, NC.

A Service of Remembrance will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2012 at Kirksey Funeral Chapel in Old Fort. Burial will follow the service at Salem Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Old Fort.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the Benfield family at Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort, NC.


  • Visitation Monday, January 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 16, 2012

Lois Marie Summey Benfield

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Edna Stamey

January 25, 2012

Deepest regrets to the family..Edna

Tom Wakefield

January 17, 2012

Bill and Frank:

Diane and I were sorry to learn of Marie's passing. She was a kind and thoughtful person and we know how loved she was by her family. We recall her assistance to us at Morgan house years ago working side by side with Bill. We always enjoyed talking with her whenever we visited her at her home in Old Fort.

Marie is still with all of us only on a different path; we feel she will gladly help whenever you call on her. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Tom and Diane

Annis Lytle

January 17, 2012

Tammy, so sorry for your loss.

Nicole Revis, Howard

January 16, 2012

Grandma Benfield, I want you to know that even though I didnt come around as much as i should have i always thought the world of you and love you so deeply words cant even describe. I hate that you have left us so soon but i guess my daddy needed you there with him in heaven. May your heart rest easy now and your mind finally be at peace. Tell daddy i love him and ill see the both of you again when its my time to come home. Love you always grandma.

Joanne Monosso

January 16, 2012

Vickie,David, So sorry for your loss.