We regret to announce the heavenly transition from Earth to Glory of Mother Viola S. Benekin, 96, of Pineville, SC who entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 25, 2021 surrounded around her loving family in Jacksonville, FL.
Life Reflections of Viola S. Benekin
I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day .
II Timothy 4: 7-8
I, Viola Serena ‘Sinder’ White Middleton Benekin, was truly blessed by God to allow me 96 years of Grace and Mercy. On March 25, 2021, I peacefully transitioned to Glory in Jacksonville, Florida.
I was born on March 26, 1925 to the late Mary White and late Rufus Middleton Sr. I was raised by my maternal grandparents, Lazarus and Lucreta White. I received my education through the public schools of the Berkeley County School District.
At an early age I joined Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church in Pineville S.C. where I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I was a faithful member of the Senior Missionary Society, the Senior choir, the Building Committee and the Pulpit Aide Society. I was truly was blessed to be recognized as one of the Mothers of Redeemer Church. If you knew me you knew that my greatest joy were singing- especially hymns, gardening and I loved fashion, especially my hats and purses. I enjoyed attending Sunday school and often represented my Sunday school class in the annual St. Stephen High School parade. During the summer months I managed the Berkeley County’s lunch program at Redeemer and made sure all of the children in our community was fed.
I met and married my soulmate, the late Willie Benekin, and we were blessed and proud parents of 7 children, however four of our children preceded me in death: Roy Benekin, Elizabeth Benekin Marsh, Randy Benekin and Rufus Benekin. I had seven siblings however some of my brothers and sister preceded me in death: Paul and Silas White, Rufus Middleton II, Alfred Middleton, and Yvette Middleton.
I leave to cherish my memories and legacy: my son, Truman Benekin (Elizabeth), my daughters, Mary Hollis, and Lareese Postell and Carl Benekin (grandson who was raised in the home), my grandchildren includes, Valeria Benekin, Luvenia Benekin, Alphonso Benekin Jr., Kevin Benekin, Peggy Benekin, Trevor Farror, Jarrod Benekin, Jeremy Middle- ton, Sasha Morfaw, Michael Hollis, Dakota Hollis, Tanyesha Eady and Tiffany Campbell; my brother Stephen Middleton (Juanita) and my sister Mary Alice Middleton; my loving sister in laws, Rosa Lee Benekin, Alberta Chandler, Charlotte Wigfall and Anne White; my God daughter, Beverly Blake. I was blessed with great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a special cousin, Florine Milligan and special nieces; Geneva Lloyd, Ann Grigsby, Edna Matthew, Wilhelmina Powell and Dorothy Washington.
And lastly I want to say to my family and friends- “May the work I have done speaks for me.”
Visitation for Mother Viola S. Benekin will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Divinity Mortuary, 924 S. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
A Service of Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, 11:00AM at the Benekin Family Home, 330 Fairview Ln. Pineville, SC with Reverend Benjamin Milligan, Officiating.
Final Resting Place: Blanding Cemetery, Pineville, SC.
The service will be live streamed on our Facebook page, https://www.Facebook.com/DivinityMortuary
** As per CDC guidelines and the family requests that mandatory face masks to be worn at both the service and viewing and please continue to practice social distancing.**
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