Ward “Buddy” Byrd Benson

January 19, 1928 - December 13, 2017
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Galveston, TX 77550
Sunday 12/17, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Moody Methodist Church
2803 53rd St,
Galveston, Texas 77551
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Monday 12/18, 11:00 am
Galveston Memorial Park
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Hitchcock, TX 77563
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Ward Byrd “Buddy” Benson, Jr., 89, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017. He was born January 19, 1928 in El Paso, Texas to Ward Byrd Benson, Sr. and Cora Burton Velvin Benson and moved to Galveston as a small child. Buddy joined the Marine Corps at age 17 and served in China duringContinue Reading

Steve left a message on December 30, 2017:
We will all miss Dad.
David Morgan left a message on December 29, 2017:
Our thoughts are with you all. So sorry for your loss.
Danny Benson left a message on December 28, 2017:
I believe the death of our father has brought his surviving family members closer together in ways I have never experienced. I do miss him now, but I missed him months or even years ago as recurrent medical events knocked him down further and further until in some ways he became a shadow of his previous self. Still, what those physical, bodily events could not diminish was the light, love, happiness and positive attitude he embodied that beamed from him even while physically dying. I know this because I was present and along with others, touched him and held him as he drew his last breath and his heart stopped beating. I believe anyone else in the room at that time would say the same. Now with each passing day I reflect upon his life and consider how I can learn more from his example. Thank you, dad, for your love and sacrificial giving. If I can become a fraction of what I believe you to be then my life will be a success.
Minette Velvin Strader left a message on December 17, 2017:
Dear Anna Ruth and family. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will always treasure my visit with you in Galveston. Buddy was one of the nicest and kindest people I have had the honor of knowing. I love the pictures of mom and dad in Galveston at Aunt Cora's when I was just a baby. You are in my heart and prayers. Love you all.
Minette Velvin Strader left a message on December 17, 2017:
Anna Ruth and family, I will always treasure my visit in Galveston with you and Buddy. I am so very sorry for your loss. Buddy was one of the nicest and kindest people I have had the honor of knowing. Love my pictures of mom and dad when I was just a baby at Cora' s in Galveston. My heart and prayers are with you. Love to you all.
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Sid Holliday left a message on December 17, 2017:
May the Lord bless Buddy Benson, a long time friend.
Leah A. Mullins left a message on December 16, 2017:
Dear family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and all those so close to your dad. I just remember him from church and he was always so kind and friendly. He always has a smile to share. May your memories of him bring you peace and comfort. Love never leaves. Sincerely, Leah Mullins
Sharon Hill ( I met you through Mrs. Cook/Pitman) left a message on December 16, 2017:
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Ms. Anna Ruth I'm praying for you and your family.
Charles H. Willett left a message on December 16, 2017:
To ALL the Ward Benson Family: I send my deepest sympathy to each of you in the passing of this great Christian man who touch my life and that of every person he met. I have such happy memories of Ward at Moody Methodist Church and visiting him at the Western Auto Store from the first days I moved to Galveston in 1966. I felt a kinship with Steve, Danny, John and Zoe from our contact at Moody Methodist and Ball High School. I am proud to say I still hear from each of you via Facebook, etc. and hope that will continue. Though I cannot be with you for the memorial service, I will certainly be there with you in spirit and prayer. Charles H. Willett
Kelly McBride left a message on December 16, 2017:
Anna Ruth, I am sure Buddy was welcomed into Heaven by many - including my parents, Mac and Wauneta McBride, who thought so much of you two, of Libbie's Place, and of the Sunday School class at Moodys. We heard many stories of the times they enjoyed with all of you. Although I now live in Austin, I work with Leigh Trusler and I have enjoyed the connection of our memories of Galveston and Moodys. My family sends prayers for peace at this difficult time....know that many people are thinking of you! Kelly McBride
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