Thomas E. Benton Jr., 74, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, in a Florence hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Sardis Baptist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery directed by Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. He was born in Florence County the son of the late Thomas Evans and Viola Johnson Benton. He was a graduate of Sardis High School and of The Citadel. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Cameron & Barkley Electric Supply. He was instrumental in forming the Little League baseball team of Sardis. Mr. Benton was married to Jean Jollie Langston. He was a member of Sardis Baptist Church and was involved in many activities of the church. Surviving are his wife of the home; a son, James C. Jimmy Langston (Fran) of Timmonsville; a daughter, Jeanne Langston Morehouse (Lynn) of Florence; and a grandson, Midshipman Whit Ross Morehouse, U.S. Naval Academy. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St., and at other times at the residence. Memorials may be made to Sardis Baptist Church, 3129 Sardis Highway, Timmonsville, SC 29161 or to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.

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