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Donald Lawrence Benfield, age 85, formerly of Lily, Kentucky, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Richmond, Kentucky.
Born at Benedict in Lee County, Virginia, he was a son of the late Creed Benfield and Myrtle Hyden Wilson.  Sisters, Verline Foster Campbell and Elizabeth "Betty" Maxwell, and an infant brother preceded him in death.
Lawrence had been a shuttle car operator for U. S. Steel's #32 coal mine at Lynch, Kentucky.  Also he had worked for Roark Brothers in London, the Laurel County road department, National Standard Co. in Corbin, and been a school bus driver for Laurel County.
He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Anna Ruth Feltner Benfield;  two daughters, Nancy Sabrina Cobb (Rodney) of Richmond and Claudette Elaine Cox (Tom) of Lily;  and three sons, Larry Wayne Benfield (Brenda), Claude Blaine Benfield (Michelle) and Lawrence Allen Benfield (Jennifer), all of Lily.  Also he leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren along with other family and friends.
A celebration of Lawrence's life will be held at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Visitation will begin there at noon Tuesday until service time.
Interment will follow at the Hopkins Cemetery at Lily.  Pallbearers will be the first grandsons, sons-in-law and cousin.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hopkins Cemetery.
Messages may be sent to the Benfield family at www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 17, 2018
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