David Thomas Benefield

July 26, 1947April 1, 2021

Our loving husband, father, and Papa, David Thomas Benefield passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021 at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. Born to his loving parents the late Ira and Helen Benefield (Thomas) in Orlando, FL. After graduating from Edgewater High School, he attended Shorter College and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and then needed to stay busy, so he went to work for Publix. When he was not working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, including his grandchildren, and going to church. David did not know a stranger and would help anyone he could. David loved anything to do with Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, and Snoopy was his favorite.

David was predeceased in death by his parents (Ira and Helen). He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Kathy; three children, Joe (Becky), Amy Hutyra (Chad), and John (Kelly); seven grandchildren he loved dearly, Nolan, Hope, Jackson, Owen, Kayden, Oliver, and Parker. David is also survived by two brothers, Rodney (Cindy), and Jerry (Bettianne).

Arrangements have been entrusted to Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will take place at 11 a.m. on April 8, 2021. The service will be located at Glen Haven Memorial Park at 2300 Temple Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to please consider making a donation to AdventHealth Hospice Care Central Florida in David Benefield’s name at


  • Kathy Benefield, Wife
  • Joe (Becky), Son
  • Amy Hutyra (Chad), Daughter
  • John (Kelly), Son
  • Nolan, Hope, Jackson, Owen,, Grandchildren
  • Kayden, Oliver and Parker, Grandchildren
  • Rodney (Cindy), Brother
  • Jerry (Bettianne), Brother


  • Graveside Celebration of Life

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


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Bunny Bennett Parish

April 6, 2021

David and I have known each other since the seventh grade. Since seats were usually assigned alphabetically, we were often seated together (Benefield, Bennett). This continued through our senior year at Edgewater.

In all the years since then, David continued to have a smile on his face and a spoken “How are you?” He loved to tell me about Kathy, his children and grandchildren.

We have all lost a good man. Rest in peace, long time friend.

Janet Hitchcock Denham

April 5, 2021

I have known David since Princeton School Days and am sorry to hear of his passing. He and Kathy were both neighbors and friends and my heart is with the family right now. will be remembered for your perseverance during struggle and your big heart and always that big smile.

Janet Whitehead

April 5, 2021

My mother Lucilla was David's aunt. She prayed for him & wrote to him throughout his duty overseas in Vietnam. He was grateful to the Lord, & never forgot her kindness to a young soldier far from home. I remember his quiet, unassuming way, his easy laughter, that peaceful smile that was such a part of David. And no wonder! The Lord blessed his life with the best wife & loving family a man could ever hope for. And Amy, you did an excellent job writing your dad's story. He's not a lonely soldier far from home anymore, he's home, truly home!

Sarah Moore

April 5, 2021

What a wonderful man. David always had a smile and an encouraging word, even when he was going through great difficulty himself. He was such a diligent and selfless worker. He was greatly loved and will be missed and remembered fondly by so many people.

Tom Hahn

April 5, 2021

I moved to Orlando in 1954 and met you in the 2nd grade. We played baseball, cub scouts et al. We had too much fun, so tje teachers separated us. I will miss the exchange of birthday cards and phone calls. Most of all, I will miss you.

Drew Schaff

April 3, 2021

To my second father, you will be severely missed. Yes i may have moved away from being your next door neighbor. Where we both chose when and what parts of the yards we were going to cut and those darn branches we were picking up all the time. From when john, joe and i use to go pick up news papers with dave in the station wagon. Then go to the recycling plant to help empty out the wagon. O those piles we use to climb were huge. Dave you will be missed, God bless you Dave.