Benjamin ‘Ben’ Simms Herring, 61, practical joker and never on time, ‘only his death came early’

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Benjamin "Ben" Simms Herring
Benjamin “Ben” Simms Herring

Benjamin “Ben” Simms Herring, of Wilmington, suffered a heart attack and died April 7, 2015. He was 61.

Ben was born in Wilson on March 8, 1954, to Dr. T. Tilghman Herring and Jean B. Herring. He was a person with a large personality and was a fast and true friend. Many of Ben’s best friends today are from his childhood in Wilson, though he made many more along the way; he was a man for whom friends were precious and legion.

Ben married the love of his life, Cinnamin Long, in 1991, who he met while living in Houston. They have two sons: Benjamin Simms Jr. and Robert Shel.

Ben loved his work as a residential real estate appraiser during the week and his weekends spent outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing, boating and riding his motorcycle with Cinnamin. He was also an avid and competitive tennis player.

Ben was a practical joker and never on time for anything in his life. Only his death came early. Ben’s sense of humor was pervasive and his ability to exaggerate reliable – particularly in a hunting blind. Often among two or three friends in a duck blind after a volley had fallen three or four ducks, he would good naturedly claim he had shot them all and advise the others they’d better sharpen their skills or he would claim everyone’s limit. He was a good shot but not quite as good as he claimed.

A UNC at Chapel Hill graduate, he was assured of having graduated from the best university in the land. He loved the Tarheels and followed all of their teams.

Ben is survived by a family who will miss him greatly. His wife and sons, his brother, Tilghman, wife, Margee and their daughter, Lily, of Wilmington; his brother, Robert, wife, Judy and their children, Kim, all of Florida and Laura, of Durham; and his aunt and uncle, Anne and Bobby Brunson, of Wilson. All feel his loss.

Friends will be received at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the home. A celebration of Ben’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Andrews On-the-Sound.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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