Robert Benjamin (Ben) Withers, Jr. of Panacea, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at the age of 56. Ben had been in ill health recently and was awaiting a kidney transplant.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Ann McVey Withers; daughter, Mia Louise Withers; son, Jefferson Benjamin Withers; grandson, Justice Withers; mother, Barbara Sheehan Withers, and brothers, Pierce, Bryant and Daniel Withers.

Other survivors include stepchildren, Zachary Clark, Taylor Brown (Caleb), and Hailee Cochran (Jeremy) and their son, River.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Benjamin Withers, Sr., grandparents, Rex Todd Withers, Charles Sheehan and Mary Sheehan.

Ben was born and raised in Tallahassee and Alligator Point. He graduated from Leon High School in 1982 where he played football. He began his construction company, Ben Withers, Inc. in 1985. He was a general contractor specializing in beach related construction including docks, pilings, septic tanks, and other related projects primarily in Wakulla and Franklin counties. He also previously completed major projects including the St. George Island Water System, Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park, Bald Point State Park, bicycle trails in Wakulla County, numerous municipal piers, docks, boat launches and related projects.

Flowers are welcome and donations may be made to River of Life Missions Fund, 445 Donaldson-Williams Road, Crawfordville, FL 32327.

Visitation will be held at River of Life Church on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by funeral services at noon.

David Conn and Kimberly Crum with Bevis Funeral Home of Crawfordville are assisting the family with arrangements.