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Radney Funeral Home – Saraland

1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL

OBITUARY

Michiel Rene Benoit

December 11, 1955September 8, 2020
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Michiel Rene Benoit, 64, was born on December 11, 1955 in Burderop Park Wilshire, England, grew up in Savannah, Georgia but was a long time resident of Satsuma, Alabama.

Mr. Benoit was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Elizabeth “Betty” Benoit.

Mr. Benoit is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Benoit; children Chris Benoit, Brandy Green (Patrick) and Victoria Benoit (Emily); seven grandchildren Caleb Benoit, Cameron Benoit, Carsyn Benoit, Caleigh Benoit, Bailey Green and Shawn Green. Five sisters Nancy Stewart, Becky Hendricks (Darrell), Yvonne Benoit-Strahle, Rhonda Benoit (Lani) and Marla Grady(Steve), and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins.

Mr. Benoit served honorably in the United States Coast Guard and later retired from E.I. Dupont after 29 years of service. He loved spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and Alabama football.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home in Saraland, Alabama. Services will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:00 am in the Chapel at Radney Funeral Home and proceed to the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spanish Fort, Alabama where he will be laid to rest.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.RadneyFuneralHome-Saraland.com for the Benoit family.

  • FAMILY

  • Wallace and Elizabeth “Betty” Benoit, Parents (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Benoit, Wife
  • Chris Benoit, Son
  • Brandy Green (Patrick), Daughter
  • Victoria Benoit (Emily), Daughter
  • Caleb Benoit, Cameron Benoit, Carsyn Benoit, Caleigh Benoit, Bailey Green and Shawn Green, Grandchildren
  • Nancy Stewart, Becky Hendricks (Darrell), Yvonne Benoit-Strahle, Rhonda Benoit (Lani) and Marla Grady(Steve), Sisters
  • also, survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 21, 2020

Memories

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Patricia Edmonds

September 18, 2020

We were close to Mike and Liz through nine years. They have gone above and beyond to be the best parents one could ever find. His life centered around their children. Always smiling and welcoming into their home. God bless and comfort Liz as she takes this difficult step into a new life. God bless their children and grandchildren who will undoubtedly miss Mike beyond measure.

Theresa Shelvin

September 18, 2020

So sorry for y’all, we are praying for your strength. We love y’all
The Shelvin family sends our condolences.

Thomas Smith

September 17, 2020

Rene,
I had the honor of being a former Brother-in-law when I married your sister in 1968. I enjoyed the times that I was able to be with you and your family. Even today I am still a member. I recall the last time we met was at the graduation of your niece from her LPN school. I had not seen you in quite a while, but as always, we enjoyed many laughs and even a beer or two. I also met another member of the unofficial family, David Dixon, through you and as he noted knowing you was a great privilege. Your laughter, smile, and jokes were always enjoyable. You were a devoted family man and found the one perfect lady for you in Elizabeth.
I remember the first time I met with shortly after you went into the Coast Guard and were assigned in Mobile. You told me you were now Beno. Your team mates called you that and it stuck with you for a lifetime.
I will miss you deeply as I have lost a brother this time and know you will be up there watching over us.
Rest in Peace, for as you deserve it after the way you touched so many here.

Emily Benoit-Fay

September 17, 2020

I'll never forget the first time I met Beno. Being a Yankee, one of the first questions he asked was whether or not I had ever tried Sweet Tea (I had not). That night as he, Liz, Victoria, and I ate dinner (courtesy of Liz) he told me the story of how he had to teach a waitress up North how to make Sweet Tea, since us snowbirds were only used to Hot Tea! I never got tired of that story- his laugh alone was enough to make me smile.

No matter what, Beno always treated me with love and respect. He and I enjoyed playing Jeopardy together, as well as shouting at the television during Alabama games. I always had fun when Beno was around, especially when we teased each other or discussed all the films we loved to watch. I am going to miss him more than words describe.

Beno, I promise to take good care of Victoria and your furry grandbabies (even if they'll never be as good-looking as you are!). I love you like my own father, and I know you'll be watching over us all until we are ready to join you in the Afterlife. Give my Papa and Great-Ma a hug for me, and know you will be in our hearts forever 💜

Victoria Benoit-Fay

September 17, 2020

You will always be my daddy. You are my hero and role model. Every move and every step is for you. I have such a beautiful life because of your guidance and support over the years. I am so proud to be your daughter - daddy's little girl. I love that I was finally able to take you for a Maine lobster the last time you were up North. I am going to miss our morning coffee talks on my porch with you and mom in the mornings. We became best friends over the past couple of years and I feel so lost without you!

I have so many memories, I don't even know where to begin. I am destroyed that you are no longer here, but I feel your spirit in everything I do.
I miss you and I love you more than you can even imagine.

I can't wait to wrap my arms around you again one day! Say hello to all our loved ones up there and tell Mr. Bear what he has missed over the years.

I love you, Daddy! ❤

Hope Darcy

September 17, 2020

A uncle i always looked up too. I love you uncle Rene

David Dixon

September 15, 2020

I moved to Savannah in 1973 from Miami and met Rene and right off the bat we were like brothers and I was ALWAYS welcome at his parents house. We both were military bound and ended up going in diff directions, but we remained close friends and saw each other and shared special moments and memories as we could. I always wanted to go into L/E and he and I and another friend Otto always had nick names and just paled around the town. I drove a 68 Camaro SS and he always had to crack on me and (started it) always called me "1-Adam-Ro" after the TV series, 1-Adam-12. Well through the years that stuck with me and whenever we talked in person or on the phone he never failed to call me that, and yes I did go into L/E after getting out of the Air Force and retired from the Savanah P.D. He was and will always be a Dear friend and I will treasure our crazy times, our talks and most of all our friendship. Thank you to his family for allowing me to be a part of their family and the great times we all had together. My Heart, Thoughts and Prayers go out to Rene's Family, extended family and all of the others who were blessed to be his friend as I was. Rest in Peace my friend.......... 1-Adam-Ro.......out.

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