In Loving Memory

Walter Lee Benson, Sr., d. January 19, 2014



In Loving Memory

September 4, 1947 – January 19, 2014

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Benson obit

 Walter Lee Benson, Sr., 66, Ret. USAF T/Sgt. of Mobile, passed away on January 19, 2014 at his home.  Walter graduated from Murphy High School and went on to the University of Southern Mississippi where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  He retired after twenty years in the US Air Force spending four of those years with Det.3 at Templehof Air Force Base behind the Iron Curtain in Berlin, Germany.  He also worked at and retired from the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital where he was a biotechnician and affectionately known by his friends as the “Huggin-nater”. He also enjoyed donating his time and talent as an actor/playwrite for the Mobile Mystery Dinners group in Mobile for whom he wrote their signature play, “1863 Murder at the Mansion” and was a former member of the Southern Cruisers Motorcycle Group, Descendants of the Mayflower Society and the Descendants of Charlemagne.  Predeceasing him in death are his parents, Jimmie J. Benson and Myrle Gynel Mayson Benson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Jacqueline “Mur”  Phillips Benson; his daughter, Leah Benson Maddox and his son, USAF S/SGT Walter Lee (Jennifer Erin) Benson, Jr.; his sister, Susan Benson (Don) Sollie and his brother, Mickey Norman Benson; his uncle, Walter L. (Shirley) Mayson, Jr. and his aunt, Alice Mayson Schablinski; brothers in law, Robert S. Phillips and Richard B. (Deborah) Phillips; five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter; two very special cousins, Pat Pritchard and Deborah Bass-Frazier; many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held  on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m at the Alabama State Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery on Hwy 225 in Spanish Fort.   Expressions of condolence may be made at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Richard & Deborah Phillips

    We love and miss you, Lee. But we are comforted knowing you have gone ahead of us to a better place. Dicky and Debbie

  2. Cyndi Himes

    I was very sadden to hear about Lee’s passing. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
    Your Sister In Christ,
    Cyndi Himes

  3. Guy & Jo Carol Booker

    We wish to express our deepest sympathies to you at your time of loss. May God bless & keep you.

  4. Glenda Martin

    I was sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you during your time of grief. Remember the Lord is with those who have a broken heart, He is with you!

    Glenda Martin
    B. G. John Hunt Morgan Chapter
    Huntsville, AL

  5. Mary Miljak

    Walt was such a fine person. I knew Walt as a fun, loving, humorus, dedicated, interesting, talented, intelligent, patriotic, charming man, and fellow employee at USACW hospital. I believe he brought a lot of good into the world. He was a good person to know. I’m sure he’ll be missed by many.

  6. wandadailey

    My dear friend when I met your husband at a garage sale I was met with a hug a people person he was but now no more suffering he is in a better place may Lord watch over you and your family.

  7. wandadailey

    Guess what on 01/19/1971 my daddy died at home that is something for my friend husband also.

  8. Ann slaughter

    We loved Walt here at USACW. He was always there when we needed something in Biomed. He always had a smile, a big Teddy bear of a man. We miss him. Our love &prayers to you and your family. May God strengthen you.

  9. Shirley H. Edberg

    I know that words can not express the sorrow that you feel at this time. Just know that God is our Comforter and He will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    In UDC Love and Friendship

  10. Lynda Lowery

    You have my most sincere sympathy on the loss of your husband. You have been so very faithful to care for him. Be comforted to know that you did all that you could in love for him to make his days brighter.
    Love ya kiddo,
    Lynda Lowery

  11. Barbara (Ortelt) Navarro

    Murray, it’s been many years since we have spoken, but I have kept you in my heart. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My the Lord hold you in His loving arms and give you peace. Your old friend and neighbor, Barbara (Ortelt) Navarro.


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