WILMINGTON — Mr. Ellis Edwin “Ed” Benton, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. He was born Sept. 11, 1926, to Hattie Mintz Benton and William Penn Benton.
Ed or “Mr. B.,” as he was sometimes called, was a devoted member of Sunset Park Baptist Church and the most generous and loving person you would ever meet.
An employee of Piedmont Airlines from it’s beginning, he retired after 20 years to start his tax and accounting business which he ran for 50 years and is still in operation.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Benton.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Schreiner and Ginger Newton, both of Wilmington; and two grandchildren, Lacey and David Schreiner, both of Wilmington.
“Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your head and share with me God wanted me now, he set me free.”
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sunset Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Wroten officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pets for Vets or The Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be made at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com.