George Houston Benton, 86, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022, in Loris, S.C.
Mr. Benton was born Feb. 25, 1936, in Columbus County, to the late George Washington Benton and Lishia Lee Gore Benton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith Benton; his grandson, Houston Lee Strickland; and six siblings, Ogilvia Elderdice, Mavis Gore, Kathleen Watkins, Raymond Benton, Charles Benton and Cliff Benton.
Mr. Benton served his country in the North Carolina National Guard for 33 years and was manager of Whiteville Building Supplies in Whiteville retiring in 1999 after 38 years of service.
His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Ward officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-2:45, prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the Whiteville Memorial Cemetery.
Houston is survived by his two daughters, Jackie Sue Suggs (Gene) of Tabor City and Rose B. Strickland (Corky) of Chadbourn; one sister, Louise Ray of Tabor City; one brother, Lloyd Benton of Whiteville; two grandchildren, Brianna Jean Suggs Throckmorton (Chris) and Cameron Neil Suggs; and three great-grandchildren, Liam Throckmorton, Charley Mae Suggs, Dallas Suggs.