Herman Edward Benton, 86, of South Carolina, formerly of Hardy, died July 25, 2003.
Born May 27, 1917, in Hazard, Ky., he was the son of Henry and Zelda Benton.
He married Clara "Polly" Pauline Brown Benton Dec. 21, 1940, in Carrollton, Ky. To this union three children were born -- Wylie Lipchik of West Union, S.C., Peggy Kennedy of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Christopher Benton of Red Lodge, Mont.
Mr. Benton was a World War II disabled veteran, retired as a procurement contract administrator from Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. In the 1970s and 1980s he owned and operated the Mr. Christopher Antiques Shop in Hardy.
He was an avid bowler, spent many years instructing junior bowlers, was a Mason from New Carlisle, Ohio, Blue Lodge Masonic Lodge 100, and a Life Member of Grand Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, New Carlisle Chapter Council 143.
He was a member of the Medlake Lions Club in Medway, Ohio, and became district governor of District 13-E of Lions International from 1968 to 1969. He moved to Hardy in 1970, became a member of Cherokee Village Lions Club, chartered the Highland Lions Club, and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow and a Lifetime Member in September of 1991. He was also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Due to Mr. Benton's being a victim of Alzheimer's, he and his wife moved to South Carolina in August 2002 to be near family. Ironically, he was placed in a room at Oconee Hospital donated by the Lions of Seneca, S.C.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three children; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be donated in his memory to the Highland Lions Club or any Lions Club, a Methodist church, the Beartooth Hospital of Red Lodge, Mont., an Alzheimer's Association or to Hospice.
The body was cremated and the service will be held at a later date.