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Lester Earl Benson

1945 ~ 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Lester Benson Obituary

Lester Earl Benson was born in Needville, Texas to Scott Benson Sr. and Elvira Lewis Benson. At an early age, Lester accepted Christ and was baptized at New Prospect Baptist Church in Needville, Texas under the leadership of Rev. A. J. Polk. He later transferred his membership to Greater New Prospect Baptist Church. During his diligent service, Lester became a deacon and president of the Peaceful Rest Cemetery.

Lester attended W. M. Routt Elementary School in Needville, Texas. He later attended Powell Point High School in Kendleton, Texas. He excelled in football where he earned the nickname “Bruiser” by his beloved Coach Aaron Weaver. He later graduated as a proud member of the Class of 1964.

During his tenure at Powell Point School, Lester met and fell in love with Jeanette Walker. After a short courtship, Lester and Jeanette became married on May 10, 1965. From that union, three beautiful children were born: Twins Garryl and Sharron, and 15 years later Jonathan.

Early in his life, Lester became a member of the Prince Hall Routt Pride Masonic Lodge #437 where he later served as a Master Mason.  He served 50+ years in fraternal brotherhood until he laid down his working tools.

Lester held various job positions throughout the years. Notably Fenix Sulphur Co., Needville Cotton Gin, and FMC. In evenings after work, Lester would spend time on the family land farming.  In 1980, He decided to try his hand at entrepreneurship creating Benson Sand and Gravel. He and Jeanette later established J&L Monuments in 1983 where he serviced many areas and families in Southeast Texas. Lester retired after 37 years of self-employment.

In an effort to better the community, Lester and many others became very involved with the Barbara Jordan Youth Center in Needville, Texas. He spent many years managing and organizing events and improvement projects including but not limited to BBQ Cookoffs, Easter Egg Hunts, and Santa at the Park. State Representative Dora Olivo notably recognized Lester as a community activist for maintaining a haven for the youth and community in Needville, Texas.

Lester bid farewell to this earthly realm. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Jeanette Benson; Sons Garryl (Suzanne) and Jonathan (LaQunita); Son-In-Law Eddie Powell; Grandchildren: Brittany, Kiera, Anika, Jilani, Sara, Josiah, and Lena; Great-Grandchildren: Jaedon, Jamari, Jestin, Kendol, Karter, and Alani; Siblings: Pinky Mae Arnic (Clois), Barbara Peugh (Adolph), Glenn Benson, and Hayward Benson (Iva); Sisters-in Law: Alma Jean Benson and Gertrude Benson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Services

Viewing
Friday
March 15, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ben Davis Funeral Home
931 Preston Street
Columbus, TX 78934

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 16, 2024

11:00 AM
Greater New Prospect Baptist Church
14020 West Richmond Street
Needville, TX 77461

Interment
Saturday
March 16, 2024

1:30 PM
Peaceful Rest Cemetery
8411 Noble Street
Needville, TX 77461

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