(WEDOWEE) The funeral for William Ralph Benefield, 98, of Wedowee will be Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel with Dr. Harris Hand, Rev. Josh Hickman and Rev. Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Wedowee City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday before services begin.
Mr. Benefield passed away Monday, Aug. 19, at Roanoke Healthcare Center.
A Randolph County native, Mr. Benefield was born Nov. 2, 1920, the son of Lawson David and Bertha Lee Wilson Benefield. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wedowee, where he sang in the choir. Throughout his life, he sang at singings throughout Eastern Alabama and always wanted to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Mr. Benefield was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the Armored Infantry. Upon his return from war, Mr. Benefield worked as a mechanic for Genuine Auto Parts in Roanoke. He aspired to do more than to work only with his hands and was encouraged by a cousin, Aubrey Burns, to set out on his own. Mr. Benefield formed B&W Auto, along with Bowd Weathers, in Roanoke making a success of the company. He and his first wife, Sara, decided to venture out and open a second store in Ashland.
Survivors include his wife, Syble Benefield of Roanoke; daughter, Glenda Woodham of Roanoke; stepdaughter, Julie Phillips of Lowndesboro; two sisters, Pauline Benefield Jackson of LaGrange, Ga., and Orene Benefield Crenshaw of Wedowee; brother, Edward Z. Benefield (wife, Bobbie) of Lineville; sister-in-law, Alyce Benefield of Wedowee; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Benefield was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Sarazel Burdette Benefield; four brothers, Carl, D.V., Dorsey and Don Benefield; and two infant sisters.
Pallbearers will be Ted Jackson, Scott Benefield, John Benefield, Phillip Benefield, Matt Benefield and Stan Williamson. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Gene Kirby.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wedowee Community Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 151, Wedowee, AL 36278. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.