Joe Neal Benson, Sr., of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. He was 89 years old.
He was native of Jackson, Tennessee and a 1942 graduate of Jackson High School. Joe served our country and retired with the rank of Commander from the United States Navy. He went to college at The University of Louisville where he received an electrical engineering degree from the speed school. Joe also retired from TVA and served on the board of the credit union. Joe was a former member of First Christian Church of Jackson and currently a member of Hickory Valley Christian Church. He was an avid golfer and skeet shooter where in 1972 he won the 12 gauge state trophy.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bettye M. Benson and a daughter, Jo Ann Benson Cress.
Joe is survived by his son, Joe Neal Benson, Jr. and wife Teresa; daughter, Bettye Carol Hunt and husband Leslie; three grandchildren, Stacey, Daniel and Sam; sister, Mary Nell Goodman and husband Dave; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:30 pm on Monday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 7:30 pm on Monday at the North Chapel with Pastor Dale Lovelady officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm CST on Tuesday at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe's name to Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421, The
at 519 E. 4th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403 or
at 1466 Riverside Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37406.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.