Roy Powell Benton was killed on Oct. 29, 1965 in an accident at the intersection of Routes 609 and 65 near Capron.
Roy Powell Benton was killed on Friday, Oct. 29, 1965. While returning to the local VDOT Office, he was involved in an accident at the intersection of Routes 609 and 658 near Capron. He died later that evening in Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin from massive head injuries. His 21st birthday party was on the Sunday before the accident. His funeral was held the following Sunday.
His sister Rita Stallings writes: “This is the worse thing that can ever happen to a family. We miss him just as much today as we did the day this tragedy occurred. He was the best brother ever, a loving son, great friend, co-worker and neighbor to so many people. His funeral was one of the largest ever held at Oak Grove Christian Church in Sunbury, NC. Our parents were Lewis Milton and Maggie Powell Benton. He leaves one brother, four sisters and a large number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Everyone loved Roy and he had a smile that would go on for days.”