Lionel F. Benton

Lionel F. Benton, 79, husband of Bobbie Horne Benton, died Sunday, December 24, 2017, at his home.


Born in Florence, he was a son of the late Lee F. Benton and Margie Dawkins Benton.


Mr. Benton was the oldest of seven children and a Golden Glove Champion.  He was a retired U. S. Air Force veteran.  He retired with 22 years of service.  He later worked for a number of years for Sumter County before going into business for himself.  He had a love for the water, fishing and hunting. 


Surviving are his wife of Sumter; two daughters, Linda Douglass of Columbia and Cheryl Benton of Orangeburg; one son, Larry F. Benton (Tammy) of Decatur, AL; two brothers, Weldon Benton of Florence and Ronnie Benton of Santee; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenny Benton; two sisters, Bonnie Windham and Patricia Osborne.


Memorial services will be held at 12 P.M. Saturday at Plaza Church of Christ with Elder Harry Davis and Rev. Dr. Eugene Mosier officiating.


The family will receive friends from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. Saturday at Plaza Church of Christ prior to the service and other times at the home, 3605 Leonard Brown Road.


On-line condolences may be sent to


Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.