Charles Lawrence Benton II, 54, of Spring City, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home in Spring City. He was born on Jan. 23, 1965, in Dayton, the son of Charles Lawrence Benton Sr. and Noralean Cowley Benton Huddleston.
Charles was raised in Rhea County and lived in Knoxville, Tenn., from 1983 to 2015, returning to Rhea County in 2015. He was a 1983 Rhea County High School graduate and a 1989 University of Tennessee-Knoxville graduate. Charles was a defensive back and punt returner for the Tennessee Vols. He found his calling and dream job as Career Exploration teacher at Rhea County High School and is remembered by students for his caring, his hugs, athleticism, and friendly nature. Charles coached football, baseball and basketball previously. He was a “Vol for Life,” Tennessee letterman from 1983-1986 and “Voice of the Eagles” for basketball. Charles loved Rhea County Eagles sports and was passionate about the Tennessee Vols. He above all, loved his wife, daughter and family and had a strong faith in God. Charles was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
Charles is survived by his wife of 26 years and high school sweetheart of 38 years, Kim Kelley Benton, of Spring City; his daughter who was his whole heart, Jayden Benton. of Spring City; his two brothers, Stewart (Renee) Pugh, of Cleveland, Tenn., and Carlos (Candace) Benton, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; his sisters, Katrina Benton, of Spring City, and Angela Abrams, of Georgia; his grandmother, Kathylean McDonald “Katie Momma,” of Spring City; and many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Charles will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Vanderwall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Guthrie and Rev. Rusty Revis officiating. He will be laid to rest in Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton.
Share memories of Charles on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com .
The family is being cared for by Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, after 5 p.m