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Charles W. Benning

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Charles W. Benning of Yellow Springs, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. He was 97.

A service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home, located at 823 S. Yellow Springs St. in Springfield. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. with a walk-through only until the time of the service, which will be held privately at noon, due to COVID-19. Interment will follow at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs.

Social distancing protocol will be observed, and face masks will be required.

Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home. A full obituary will follow in next week’s paper.


2 Responses to “Charles W. Benning”

  1. Don Hubschman says:

    Sean, that was a beautiful and touching tribute to your grandfather. Very well done.

  2. Sean Jenkins says:

    My grandfather was the only man I ever really looked up to. He was an honorable man. He was an extremely kind man. He was a man who respected any and everyone he ever came in contact with. He loved home, He loved his wife, He loved Central Chapel AME Church, He loved Yellow Springs, He loved his country, but most importantly, He loved to share whatever he had unto others. He was more than my grandfather. He was my best friend. He was my HERO. He was my instructional guide to life. He and my grandmother always told me to never end up like a certain individual in our family. He would always tell me to “Keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble”. I will always cherish our daily conversations. His daily spats with my grandmother (CLASSIC). The two of them kept me in stiches. I’m gonna miss our before Sunday School run to Shuler’s Bakery for Jamaican coffee and donuts. I know he is definitely with me in spirit. I can feel it already. I do know this for sure, he is with his wife at the throne of Almighty God. They’ve already told me so. I am so glad that the two of them steered me in the right direction. Kept me focused on the Lord, the word of Almighty God and history, history and some more history. His story is as patriotic as they come. His life experiences can be described as an American classic. He gave so much to his country and to others. And never expected anything in return. He always lived his life on the right side of the road. And I can only pattern myself to try my best to live up to every ounce of dignity and respect, and the love for all of mankind that he instilled in me. I can only carry memories with me now. Until I get my chance to meet he and my grandmother at the throne, I’ll live out the rest of my days with the goodness and righteousness they ingrained into my soul. Yes! I’ll shed many tears of the “good times” along the way, but I’m so glad I had the greatest American HERO as my grandfather, as my best friend and an excellent example of how a man should be. RIH Grandpa! Until we meet again.

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