Margaret Jeanette Benton


Margaret Jeanette Benton, 94, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at her home with family members by her side.

She was born in Hayesville, N.C., on Sept. 28, 1926, moving to Cleveland in 1938.

Jeanette was the daughter of the late Rev. Glover P. Ledford and Hazel Davis Ledford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Benton Sr.; only sister, Jewel Randolph of Cleveland; and all four brothers: Frank, Donald, Beverly,  Joe Ledford and Jerome Ledford, all of Cleveland.

She attended Bradley Central High School, but graduated her senior year from Church of God Bible Training School (BTS) in Sevierville in 1944, and then she gained employment at the Church of God Publishing House in the bookkeeping division.

After marrying in 1948, she did the office work for Herbert Benton Used Cars for almost 70 years.

She was a faithful member of the North Cleveland Church of God and a charter member of the Unity Sunday School Class since its inception with her direction, in 1948.

Jeanette loved outdoor scenery taking many trips to New England and Montana and the Canadian Rockies being her favorite. She was very fond of Tusquittee Valley near Hayesville where she was born.

You could also find her enjoying life on her riding mower cutting grass which she loved doing as well. She often stated that this was her prayer time.

Survivors include sons and wives: Herbert Benton Jr. and Fay French Benton of Cleveland, David Benton and Sandra York Benton of Cleveland and Phillip Benton and Sheila Hannah Benton of Cleveland; two grandchildren: Joy Benton of Cleveland and Grant Benton and wife, Jamie Benton, of Redmond, Ore.; and five great-grandchildren.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at 3 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, with Pastor Cy Harris, Brad Benton and Keith Ledford officiating.

Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Grant Benton, Ethan Bates, Brad Benton, Robin Bryan, Roger York, Luke Benton and Franklin Odom serving as active casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Randy Randolph and Keith Ledford.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Cleveland Church of God Unity Sunday School Class, C/O North Cleveland Church of God, 335 11th St. N. E. Cleveland, Tennessee 37311.

The family would like to say a special thank you to her caregivers: Glenda Smith, Laura Ricketts and her daughters-in-law: Fay Benton, Sandra Benton and Sheila Benton; her CNAs: Janie Barton, Annie Wilcox, Kelsey Farris, Lindsey Steward, Margie Willis and her RN, Randi Johnson. Because of their service, Mrs. Benton was able to stay at home for all her care.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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