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First Apostolic Christian Church
Wednesday September 7th, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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First Apostolic Christian Church


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Oak Hill Memorial Park
Thursday September 8th, 2022

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Thomas Ray Benton

 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…”

Thomas R. Benton, 90, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday morning, September 3, 2022. He was born in Clinchco, VA, on March 10, 1932. Tommy was the third son of Rev. T. R. and Mamie (Miller) Benton. At the age of 10, the family moved to Kingsport, Tennessee, where he lived the rest of his life, except for the four years in Texas and Oklahoma, where he served in the U.S. Air Force (1951-1955). After serving in the Air Force, he went to work at the Kingsport Press. He was supervisor of production control over the bindery division when he retired in 1987. Tommy was a 1950 graduate of Sullivan High School. He was a lifelong, faithful member of First Apostolic Christian Church where he pastored for forty years, retiring in October 2021. Tommy loved raising chickens and rabbits, which he did until his late 80s.  He enjoyed rabbit hunting and fishing and most of all, preaching and spending time with family.  Tommy had many stories and experiences that everyone loved hearing him talk about.

In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty Lynn Benton; his cherished daughter, Sonya Redman; infant son, Timothy Wayne Benton; three brothers, Paul, Harold, and James (Jimmy) Benton; and sister, Nadine Winston.

Those left to cherish his memory are daughters, Sherrie (Tim) Carver, Lisa (Les) Harrell, and son-in-law, Freddie Redman; sisters-in-law, Marie Trent, Louise Taylor, Joyce (Wayne) Bruner, and Frankie (Gary) Yankee; brother, Jack Benton; nine grandchildren, Andrea, Melinda, Christopher, Adam, Justin, Aaron, Lesli, Courtney, and Kiersten; ten great grandchildren, Morgan, Sierra, Mylee, Taylor, Brooklyn, Braylen, Maddox, Leyland, Maizie, and Olivia; several nieces and nephews; and a church family that he loved dearly.

The family would like to thank his caregivers Franklin, Faye, Glenda, and Kawana for their compassionate care of our loved one.

The family will receive friends at First Apostolic Christian Church on Wednesday, September 7, from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The service will follow with Rev. Tim Carver and Rev. Freddie Redman, Jr., Pastor Travis Courtney, and Asst. Pastor David Spears officiating. 

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

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So sorry for your loss. Bro. Benton was a true man of God. Praying for God to give your family and church family comfort during this time.

Cathy Lane(Mauk) Sep 17 2022 11:08 AM

To the family,
I'm so sorry to learn of Pastor Benton's passing. I never met him, but I knew his daughter, Sonya, from Sullivan West and Sullivan South, who was a special and dear friend. I could tell through Sonya that her family, especially her parents, were deeply devoted to God. My prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
In Christ's Love,
Wade, Tina and Nathaniel Littleton

Wade Littleton Sep 14 2022 11:38 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Benton

Sandra Spears Sep 9 2022 10:40 PM

Many of my earliest childhood memories include the Benton family, especially Bro. Tommy. - For many years, he was always admired, loved, and appreciated by all who knew him. Recovering from the loss of this magnitude is not about forgetting, but about giving ourselves permission to remember. He will live forever in the memories of everyone he leaves behind. I am very sorry that I can not be there for his celebration of life but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today. Lord JESUS, I pray for my friends tonight. There is nothing YOU can't do and, if it be your will, I ask you to keep this family in your care. Give each of them comfort and peace while they wait for Your healing touch. In JESUS' Name. Amen.

Paul & Sallie Cookenour Sep 7 2022 11:13 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Benton

Denver Rash Sep 6 2022 11:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Benton

Rick and Edith Nelson Sep 6 2022 8:10 PM

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Amy Hiner Sep 6 2022 7:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Benton

Christine Franklin Sep 6 2022 5:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Benton

Misty Woliver Sep 5 2022 5:44 PM

I worked with him in the bindery office and then for many years in the Credit Union when he served on our Credit Committee approving loans. He was always fun to be around, humble, and caring toward others--a true example of a godly man. Prayers for the family.

Debbie Salyer Sep 5 2022 11:49 AM

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