William Bradford Alexander Benson1869 - 1973
Name William Bradford Alexander Benson Born 2 Mar 1869 Kelso, Lincoln, TN, USA Gender Male Died 22 May 1973 Madison, Madison, AL, USA Buried Taylor Cemetery, Madison, AL, USA Person ID I20963 All Family Connections Last Modified 12 May 2013
Father Willis Daniel Benson, b. 16 Aug 1837, , Lincoln, TN, USA , d. 19 Feb 1897, , Lincoln, TN, USA Mother Louisa Jane Faulkner, b. 10 Jan 1840, , Lincoln, TN, USA , d. 3 Apr 1908, Kelso, Lincoln, TN, USA Married Apr 1861 , Lincoln, TN, USA Family ID F5483 Group Sheet
New Market Man, 104, Dies Tuesday
A 104-year-old New Market man died Tuesday at Medical Center Hospital in Huntsville.
A funeral for William B. Benson, born in 1969 in a log cabin near a creek in Lincoln County, Tenn., will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Concord Presbyterian Church, the Rev. James Campbell officiating.
Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Laughlin-Service Funeral Home in charge.
In 1905, Benson packed his family into a horse-drawn wagon and moved to a farm near Hurricane Creek. In an interview with The Times in 1969 when he turned 100, Benson attributed his longevity to "honoring my father and mother". His father, a veteran of the Civil War, died at 60.
William Benson always made his living off the land, and was one of the first farmers in Madison County to draw Social Security benefits based on farm earnings.
Survivors include four sons, William R. Benson, Marvin Benson, and Vernon Benson, all of New Market; Rufus D. Benson, Benjamin, Tex.; four daughters, Mrs. Ella Easterwood, Sheffield; Miss Emma Benson, Miss Rosa Benson, and Miss Vera Benson, all of Huntsville; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The body will be at the funeral home until one hour before the service.