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ROBERT LEE BENJAMIN
Robert (Robbie) Benjamin was born in Eutaville, SC to the late Joseph Benjamin and the late Nancy Palmer. He was greatly loved and influenced by the late Elma Benjamin. Robert slept away at home after he removed his wedding ring, gave it to his wife, asked her for a kiss and took his final breath.
Robert attended Roberts High School and Unity Church, now known as Greater Unity Methodist Church in Holly Hill, SC. His sister Ollie Mae died young and left three children. Robert had to leave school early to work and help his mother with Nancy, Robert and Anna. Years later, his cousin Leroy moved to Augusta, GA. Then, years later, Robert made Augusta, GA his home and worked for Murray Company. Carla, his only child was born there. Then, years later, cousin Leroy moved to Homestead, Florida. Later, Robert would relocate to Florida. You see, Leroy was a member of the Florida Nightingales Quartet group. Quartet music was Roberts’s passion and he was Leroy’s biggest fan.
There he met and married Glennette Adside. High morals and good work ethnics were instilled in Robert at a young age. These qualities remained with him and were instilled in all that came in contact with him, especially the young men in the family. Robert was a model citizen and perfect gentleman. HE LED BY EXAMPLE. Many took his kindness as weakness, yet he never wavered from it. He was known for his sharpness, creased clothes all the time and matching outfits from head to toe. Never for attention, just Roberts image. Always shy, people would make a lot of fuss over him and his pretty eyes. He would drop his head, smile and say “Oh Man”. Miami Heat was his team. He should have been a draft pick.
Robert worked for the Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation. He retired in 2004 after 30 years of service.
Since Robert was one of the oldest family members, he would want us to acknowledge the cousins first, Leroy and Inez Pooser of Florida, Janie Grooms Green of NY, NY, Lurine Abraham of Orangeburg, SC, and John and Lovenia Benjamin of Holly Hill, SC; wife, Glennette A. Benjamin of the home; mother-in-law, Janie Adside; sisters, Betty (Chris) Bonnett, Elma (Nate) Wilson, JoAnn (Arthur) Faust, Shirley (John) Richardson, Joe Reatha Anderson and Joyce (Heyward) Scott, all of Columbia, SC and LaShonda of Washington, DC; sisters-in-law, Charlene (Thomas) Tomlin of Byron, GA, Sandra (Sherman) Wright of Maryland and Sylia Williams of Florida; brother-in-law, Leon Bridell Sr. and family of Worcester, MA, Roger (Audrey) Adside, Derek (Sharell) Adside and Arthur Adside all of Miami, FL; children, Carla (James) Mims of Augusta, GA, Shon Jordan and Rosandra Jordan both of Miami,FL, Robert (Denine), Stanley (Rene), Lawanza (Lorenzo) and Freddie (Tamirria) Jordan all of Atlanta, Georgia; grandsons that were raised in the home; the Pooser and Benjamin families of Columbia and Holly Hill, SC. The late sisters, Ollie Mae and LaVarn of Worcester, MA.
Robert our brother loved us all equally. He always expressed how proud he was of his sisters and was very proud of his nephew Robert who turned his life around over 30 years ago. Robert stayed on him until he saw improvement. He did it with kindness and gentleness. He continued to inspire us after the passing of our parents. Robert was our big brother and father figure. We will always cherish him and focus on the good times. Robert left some big shoes to fill.
Proverbs 22:1 reads, “A good name is better than riches. A good name is rather to be chosen. That great riches and loving favor. Rather than silver and gold.”
Robert we hope to see you there where all the saints will be. We love you brother. Sweet Rest!
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