George Walker Benbow, 77, died Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Luling, Texas.
Born in Stratton, Texas, and raised in Yoakum, he was the son of W.J. “Bill” and Merle Maness Benbow.
After graduating from Yoakum High School, he joined U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served his country for four years. After his service, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a brakeman and
conductor for Southern Pacific Railroad.
He met his wife, Janice, through a coworker and married on Aug. 25, 1964, in Austin, Texas. In 1973, they moved to Luling to raise their children and be closer to his parents.
He relished his family and friends he made during his railroad days. After 39 diligent years with Southern Pacific, he retired. He loved retirement, which allowed him more time to spend on his farm and in his garden. He enjoyed singing, playing guitar, telling stories and being with his family.
He leaves his devoted wife of 50 years, Janice Byrne Benbow; his son, Barry Benbow and wife, Shannon Turner Benbow, of League City, Texas; his daughter, Jill Benbow Thiem and husband, Matthew Thiem, of Bellaire, Texas; his grandchildren, Brandon Benbow, Bailey Benbow, Blaine Benbow, and Brooke Benbowm, of League City, Texas; his brother, Roland Benbow and wife, Betty Benbow, of Tulsa, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Doris Faith Carpenter.
A funeral service will be held at Central Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, with nephew, Elder Mark Richards and Pastor Beaux Hinote officiating. Interment will be in Luling City Cemetery. Serving as pallbeares are Shelby Benbow, Troy Benbow, Britt Reat, Roger Gartman, Louis “Deke” DeCamp, Jeremy LeJeune.