Thomas Ray Benson, Sr.

Thomas Ray Benson, Sr.

May 8, 2022, 74, Durham –

Thomas Ray Benson, Sr., 74, of Durham, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Capital Nursing and Rehab Center in Raleigh surrounded by his family. Thomas was born in Johnston County on May 19, 1947 to the late Cleveland Thomas Benson and Virgina Pope Benson.

In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by his wives, Louise Wilkins Benson and Anita Canady Benson, and brother, Bill Benson.

Thomas is survived by his son, Thomas Ray Benson, Jr. and wife Nancie of Durham; daughter, Dana King of Erwin; grandchildren, Dylan Thomas Benson of Smithfield, Julian Neumann of Erwin, Ashor King of Erwin; brothers, James Benson (JC) of Whiteville, Rufus Benson of Selma; sister, Florence Pittman of Pine Level and several other family and friends.  

Thomas loved fishing, cookouts, and BBQ’s. He was always helping people and lending a hand when he was able. He enjoyed listening to his Bluegrass music and going to White Lake, but most importantly he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed but precious memories will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

The funeral service will be held at 5:00PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations Chapel with Pastor Dwayne Batten officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Casey Funeral Home and Cremations in Princeton. A private burial will be held in the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton.

Although flowers are welcome, memorial contributions can be made to the Princeton Cemetery Fund in memory of Thomas. Checks can be made out to Princeton Cemetery, PO Box 67, Princeton, N.C. 27569 attention Marla Ashworth.

Casey Funeral Home and Cremations is honored to serve the Benson family.