Funeral services for Royce W. Benson 78, Athens have been scheduled for 10:30 A.M. Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Fondren officiating.
Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens.
Royce passed away Wednesday in Athens.
He was born June 17, 1937 in Kaufman, Texas to Leonard Royce and Helen Maybell Webb Benson. Royce graduated from Kaufman High School where he participated in several sports including Track, Basketball and excelling in Football where he received state recognition. He continued his football career at Paris Junior College before he hung up his cleats and married Anita Louise Dickerson in 1960 whom he dearly loved. He was employed with for TXI for 20 years and then opened Athens Pawn Shop which he has operated for the past 33 years. He had many hobbies some of which included flying, scuba diving and square dancing, He also had a passion for farming. Royce never met a stranger and he loved his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, daughter, Debra Bone 1 brother and 1 sister.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years Anita Benson, Athens, son; Scott Benson and wife Dawn, Athens, daughter; Carol Benson Ellisor and husband Kevin, Edmond, Oklahoma, mother; Helen Maybell Benson, Jacksonville, grandchildren; Amber Bone, Ashley Bone, Chandler Bone all of Athens, Lacy Bone, Lindale, Matthew Ellisor and Molly Ellisor both of Edmond, Oklahoma, Lauren Benson Fehlis, Tyler, Gabrielle Wall, Tyler, Colton Poyner, and, Zachariah Benson both of Athens, 9 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Colton Poyner, Chris Moog, Elton "E.C." Boyd, Kevin Ellisor, Matthew Ellisor and Matt Ottaberry.
Honorary pallbearers will be Zachariah Benson, Gary Strange and Ron Sills.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home.
If desired memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 130577 Tyler, Texas 75713.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com.
Published on April 14, 2016