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Clarence Martin Benton

July 2, 1935 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 87)

Mr. Clarence Martin Benton, 87, of Whiteville passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 in Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born July 2, 1935 in Columbus County, the son of the late Clarence Poe Benton and Lenora Madge Grissom Benton.

He was a lifetime member of Western Prong Baptist Church and a choir member, choir director and congregational leader. He was a former Deacon. He was a founder and active member of the North Whiteville Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. He was a retired farmer.

He is survived by a son Perry Benton and wife, Lisa of Bladenboro; two daughters, Bobbie Benton Clemmons and husband, Michael of Whiteville and Gennie Benton Parnell and husband, Mike of Whiteville; a sister, Bertie Lanehart and husband, James of Whiteville; eight grandchildren, Jackie Blackmon, Reid Benton, Matt Hill, Mason Hill, Matt Smith, Morgan Smith, Adrian Robertson and Bryce Parnell; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter, Billie Benton Smith and a brother, Rufus Carey Benton.

Funeral service will be conducted 2:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2022 at Western Prong Baptist Church by Rev. Ronnie Wilson. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (1:00 pm) at the church.

Online condolences may be made at

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