Raye Nell Benton, 83, of Mexico Beach, Florida passed away on September 12, 2013 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL.
Mrs. Benton was born April 6, 1930 in Union Springs, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Walter Rufus Wilkins and Trudie Cope Wilkins of Union Springs. She lived much of her life in Tifton and Toccoa, Georgia, and Dadeville, Alabama before retiring in Mexico Beach, FL in 1992. She had been visiting in the Tuscaloosa area at the time of her death. Her husband, the late Owen Franklin Benton, preceded her in death in 2010 and her sister, Wilda Sudduth, preceded her in death in 2003.
Mrs. Benton is survived by two sons, Walter (Donna) Benton of Devereaux, Georgia and Mickey (Rhonda) Benton of Northport, Alabama; two daughters, Sandra Fowler of Toccoa, Georgia and Susan (John) McClellan of Rome, Georgia; one brother, Walter Wilkins of Lineville, Alabama; 15 grandchildren, Lori (Adam) Bacot of Greenwood, South Carolina; Rob Benton of Thomasville, Georgia; Andrew Benton of Devereaux, Georgia; Allison Hiland, Amy Fowler, Daniel Fowler, and David Fowler, all of Toccoa, Georgia; Kevin McClellan of Sharpsburg, Georgia; Karen McClellan of Athens, Georgia; Kyle (Stefaniane) McClellan of Rome, Georgia; Brittany (Michael) McCants of Chelsea, Alabama; and Austin Benton, Cole Benton, Dawson Benton, and Eli Benton, all of Northport, Alabama; six great grandchildren, Mason Bacot and Alex Bacot, both of Greenwood, South Carolina; Layton McCants of Chelsea, Alabama; Emilee Deal and Heath Hiland, both of Toccoa, Georgia; and Brooklyn McClellan of Rome, Georgia.
Graveside services were conducted on September 15, 2013 in Oak Hill Cemetery in Union Springs, Alabama. Gray Funeral Home of Union Springs had charge of arrangements.