Mr. Johnny Monroe Benefield, 85

Mr. Johnny Monroe Benefield, 85 of Lula passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at New Horizon’s Limestone.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Rev. Clyde Self and Bro. Buddy Anderson will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Born on August 7, 1934 in Braselton, GA he was the son of the late Ed and Willie Belle Thompson Benefield. Graduating from Oakwood High School,  Mr. Benefield started Flowery Branch Antique and Flea Market 43 years ago. He founded Bits of Treasure in Flowery Branch. Mr. Benefield worked for many years at Best Ice and then retired from Gress Foods where he was a shipping Supervisor.  Mr. Benefield was a member of Chicopee Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Benefield is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ward Benefield and brother, Jack Benefield.

Mr. Benefield is survived by his daughter, Sandy Ward; brother and sister in law, Edgar and Virginia Benefield; brother, Charles Benefield; nieces and nephews, Phillip Benefield, Tim Benefield, Debbie Harper, Melisa Thompson, Scott Benefield, Carol Simpson, Rodney Benefield, Britney Simpson and a number of great nieces and great nephews.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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Misty Gee 2020-05-23 15:20:53
God love you Johnny Benefield May you finally rest peacefully beside your beloved Barbara Lots of love and prayers to Carol and Britt and the family
PATRICK DONOVAN 2020-05-24 09:27:17
Fly High Johnny, Fly High. You were such a kind, gentle soul. I will always remember you calling my name "Patrick" in your friendly Southern twang when I would walk by your booth. Thanks for sharing info when we were dealers at FloweryBranchAntiques. You will be missed. You touched many and was adored by many more. Enjoy your reunion with Barbara. I wish you the best as your two souls travel the Celestial Universe in search of new 'finds'. May your future path be fun, loving and full of happiness.
Jerry Jackson 2020-05-24 17:51:24
Elise and I are saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. He was a good man and friend. We are sorry we are out of town and want be able to come by and see you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult time. God bless each of you.
Jill 2020-05-25 06:41:49
I personally never met Johnny, but I spoke to him several times n the phone regarding his trips. He was such a unique gentleman to talk to. To his family may you find peace in all the wonderful memories you have of him. Peace be with you during this difficult time. He will be missed by all the crews that transported him.
Molly and Maddie 2020-05-25 10:36:34
Johnny you were a kind and gentle soul. You will be greatly missed. To the family, my you find peace in this difficult time.
Lynne Herrin Tollison 2020-05-25 13:15:30
You taught me so much Johnny! And your smile! Your kindness! You were a pioneer of flea markets and antique shops! I love you fiercely sweet man! Give Ms Barbara my love and the two of you start Heaven’s first flea market for sure!
Nancy Nichols 2020-05-25 23:39:59
You always called to see how we were doing. I appreciate the calls and talks you had with Sue as she was passing with cancer. You never gave up always asking if she was better each day, I believe you prayed each day for Sue To overcoming her cancer. As our cousin I appreciated and prayed for you. Your last time on this earth wasn’t easy.
LISA Fraser 2020-05-28 08:21:13
I met Mr. Benefield at New Horizons Limestone when my daddy was there. Mr. Benefield always had a smile and a hello as I walked in the door. I will always remember him.... as he worked on putting a puzzle together with his friends.
Barbara Lee 2020-05-28 10:59:05
Johnny, you and Barbara were one of my first customers, when you had the store on Atlanta Hwy., ending with Bits of Treasures in Flowery Branch. You were always so gracious and doted on Barbara. I know you two are together again, walking hand in hand. Glad I got to see you at Christmas time. I dropped off a cookie bag at Limestone. You were finishing putting a puzzle together. Life is a puzzle - and I know you were glad when the last piece fit in. Enjoy your peace.
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