Earl was born on April 18, 1940 in Hawkins County. He was the son of the late William T. & Bessie R. Benton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, James K. Benton and Mark D. Benton; son-in-law, Eddie Patterson; great granddaughters, Raegan and Rainnee Neeley; several brothers and sisters.
Earl is survived by his wife, Frances W. Benton; daughters, Vickie Patterson (Kyle) and Amy Bradshaw (Bart); son, David Benton; grandchildren, Jason Patterson (Angie), Eddie J. Patterson (Megan), Brandon Byrd (Katie), Josh Bradshaw (Jaqueline), Chris Bradshaw, Aaron Bradshaw (Kendra), Danny Benton, and Kellie Neeley; great grandchildren, Abigail Bradshaw, Madison Darnell, Landon Benton, and Jamison Neeley; sister, Ethel Barnette; special brother-in-law, Lucian Christian along with several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Johnson-Arrowood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Andy Sensabaugh and Rev. Bob Simpson officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Benton Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:00 PM to go in procession.
Pallbearers will be Jason, Justin, Josh, Chris, Aaron, and Brandon.
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