Thesia Roberts Benton, 87, loved cooking for her large family and friends

Thesia Roberts Benton

DELCO — Thesia Roberts Benton, 87, went to be with her heavenly Father Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Thesia was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Columbus County, the daughter of the late Elillion Laston Roberts and Pecola Grice Roberts.

In addition to her parents and eight siblings, Thesia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, the Rev. Martin Linwood Benton.

Thesia was a longtime member of Delco First Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. One of her greatest passions in life was cooking for her large family and friends. Her hobbies included shopping, gardening, and decorating. Thesia was known for her generosity.

Thesia is survived by her four children, Janet Benton of Leland, Kim Keeling, and her husband, Ricky Keeling, of Fuquay-Varina, Martin Benton II, and his fiancé, Rose Hamilton, of Wilmington, and Kayla Benton, and her husband, Mike Melendres, of Wilmington; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at Delco Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Reaves and the Rev. Kenneth Benton officiating.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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