Jack Benefield Obituary

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Jack Barry Benefield

September 20, 1926 - November 20, 2012
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Jack Barry Benefield, 86, a respected member of the oil and gas community, passed away peacefully in Abilene on November 20, 2012. Jack was born September 20, 1926 in Gorman, Texas to the late Malcolm and Gay Benefield. He attended Brady High School where he was the center on the Brady Bulldogs football team. To graduate early, he completed a summer session at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville and then enrolled at Texas A&M University. As a teenager during World War II, Jack was eager to serve his country, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marines after one year at A&M. He served two years in the 4th Marine Division, including six...
Jack Barry Benefield, 86, a respected member of the oil and gas community, passed away peacefully in Abilene on November 20, 2012. Jack was born September 20, 1926 in Gorman, Texas to the late Malcolm and Gay Benefield. He attended Brady High School where he was the center on the Brady Bulldogs football team. To graduate early, he completed a summer session at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville and then enrolled at Texas A&M University. As a teenager during World War II, Jack was eager to serve his country, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marines after one year at A&M. He served two years in the 4th Marine Division, including six months in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and he received the Asiatic Overseas Ribbon for his service.

Upon discharge, Jack pursued an interest in journalism at the University of Missouri, graduating with a B.A. in English. He began his career as an oil reporter for the Midland Reporter-News, followed by positions as reporter for the Permian Basin Oil News Service and Oil Editor for the Abilene Reporter-News. Jack also worked in industrial public relations as Editor of the newsmagazine Western "Brand" for the Western Company in Abilene.

After years of reporting and writing about the oil industry, Jack put his typewriter away and entered the business as an independent petroleum landman. He was the go-to guy for leases in many prime areas, and he handled one last lease at the age of 85.

Jack enjoyed weekday luncheons with good friends, travelling in the United States and Mexico, reading books and doing puzzles, tennis, playing bridge, and telling jokes. He was a "yellow dog Democrat" and delighted in recently voting by mail for President Barack Obama.

A lifelong bachelor, he was much-loved as "Uncle Jack." Survivors include his sister-in-law Peggy Benefield; nephews Jeff Benefield, Mike Benefield, Ben Benefield, and Bill Hinckley; nieces Sally Benefield, Carolyn Hinckley Boyle, and Nancy Hinckley Neill, and nine grand-nieces/nephews and three great-grandnieces/nephews. He was predeceased by his sister June Benefield Hinckley, brother Malcolm Benefield, brother-in-law Ken Hinckley, nieces Susy Benefield and Cindy Benefield Barber, and nephew Brad Benefield.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, in Abilene at the Chapel of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd Street, with Reverend Bob Kelly officiating. The burial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Live Oak Cemetery in Brady, Texas, with Reverend John Alsbrook officiating, directed by Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Contributions in Jack Benefield's memory may be made to the Wisteria Place Employee Emergency Fund, 3202 S. Willis, Abilene Texas 79605 in honor of the caring staff members who assisted him in recent years at two Wisteria Place facilities.

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