Delphard Leon (DL) Benton, born on May 2, 1940 in Beebe, Arkansas to Fredrick “Ted” Benton and Fleeter Belle Benton passed away on January 11, 2021 in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 80 years.
Delphard grew up in Beebe, Arkansas, raised with siblings Shawnee, Laverne and Ferrell, graduated from Beebe High School in 1958. Having driven over a million miles, he spent many rewarding years as a Teamsters truck driver for Missouri Pacific, Campbells 66 and Yellow Freight. Delphard enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and family, creating cherished memories with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, amusing others with jokes and playing with his dog Trump. Delphard inspired others with his wisdom and faith. He also had a profound dedication and devotion to his relationship with the Lord.
Preceded in death by brother Ferrell, mother Fleeter Belle, father Fredrick “Ted”, sister Shawnee; her husband “Dub” and son Johnny, sister Laverne; her husband Lex and son Danny, sons Greg, Russell and Keith.
Survived by wife Merlene; daughter Teresa and husband Russell; daughter Angela and husband Kent; granddaughter Allison; great-grandchildren Luke and Greyson; nieces Elizabeth and Thelessia; lifelong friends David Leverett and Jerry Harvey, along with numerous beloved family members and friends.
Memorial service will be determined at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is gathering an offering. Checks may be sent by mail or you may give online through Venmo to @BentonFamily.
Pa, we will always remember your special smile, ears that truly listened, arms with warm embrace, gracious heart that was made of gold, and your love that was everlasting.
“The Lord is My Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes Me to lie down in green pastures: He leads Me beside the still waters. He restores My soul: He leads Me in the paths of Righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with Me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort Me. You prepare a table before Me in the presence of My enemies: You anoint My head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow Me all the days of My life: and I will dwell in the House of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23
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