Obituary of Douglas Allen Benge ~ 2009
Transcribed by Joseph Cook
Douglas Allen Benge, 59, of Marion went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 3, 2009 while at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, NC. A native of McDowell County, he was born June 10, 1949 to Josephine Bertha Bledsoe Lewis and the late Clarence Salford Benge, Doug graduated from Glenwood High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Army that same year. He served for 17 years, including one tour of duty in Vietnam and attained the rank of SSG.
Doug is survived by his daughter Keisha Benge and three grandsons, Kyle, Gavin, and Ian; four brothers: Mickey Benge and wife Jeanette of Hartwell, GA, Robin Benge and wife Cheryl of Nebo, Jerry Benge and wife Debbie of Marion, and Terry Benge of Nebo; two sisters: Penny Fox and husband Ronnie of Morganton, Ann Minnish of Marion; three nieces and three nephews, six great nieces and five great nephews.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the Westmoreland Chapel with Pastor Robbie Waddle officiating. The family received friends from 5:00-6:00 PM one hour prior to the service in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Douglas Allen Benge’s memory to the American Cancer Association 120 Executive Park Asheville, NC 28801, or to Hospice of McDowell County 575 Airport Road Marion, NC 28752. Military Honors were provided by the US Army from Ft. Bragg. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at
The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday March 18, 2008 Volume 15 # 11