- Published: June 2, 2016
She retired from Antioch College after 38 years of service.
In the early 1950s she met the love of her life, Charles W. Benning. They were married for 62 long wonderful years. She joined Central Chapel A.M.E. Church in 1956 where she was the administrative assistant to the pastors, a member of the steward and trustee boards. She was also a member of the choir and was a Sunday school teacher. In her retirement years she was a full-time volunteer administrative assistant at Central Chapel A.M.E Church. She was the secretary of Friends for Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a member of the 150-member Retirement Set of Springfield, Ohio.
Ernestine is survived by her husband, Charles Benning; two sons, Vernon W. (Sue) Hines III and Danny (Gwen) Benning; one daughter, Patricia Benning; five sisters, Unita, Naomi, Barbara, Anna and Shirley; one brother, Howitt Martin; two sisters-in-law, Wanda and Gail; two brothers-in-law, Donald and Edmond; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; four sisters, Gwendolyn, Viola, Rosetta and Marjorie Daphene; five brothers, Finis, Cornelius, Lourenzo, Hume and Roy Edward; and one son, Ronald “Butch” Benning.
Services for Ernestine Benning were held on Wednesday, June 1, at Central Chapel A.M.E. Church, with the Rev. Dwight Smith officiating and the Rev. Dr. John E. Freeman as eulogist. Interment followed at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs. Arrangement entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Dunlap Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, her request is that donations be made to Central A.M.E. Church.