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Calvin Eugene Benford
March 28, 1951 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Calvin peacefully entered the gates of Heaven the evening of Saturday, October 28, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.
Calvin was born in Hobbs New Mexico on March 28, 1951 to Clarence and Grace Benford. He was the youngest son of seven children. He graduated from Hobbs High School in 1969. In May of 1971 he was drafted into the United States Army. Calvin received an honorable discharge in May of 1973 and returned to Hobbs where he went to work for GTE. He installed residential and business telephone service in Hobbs for many years. In May of 1982 Calvin received the LaCroix Silver Medal from Buddy Langley, President of GTE, after rescuing a neighbor from a burning house in Hobbs. In 1993 he married his wife Dana and they moved to San Angelo, Texas and he continued to work for GTE, which later became Verizon, until he retired in 2004 after 30 years of service. He thoroughly enjoyed being retired. He loved being at home and doing things around the house. He especially loved working in the yard, tinkering with old lawn mowers or other small types of equipment. He enjoyed collecting rain water and redistributing it around the yard to all of the plants and shrubs. He spent many rainy and stormy nights pumping water from barrel to barrel or out into the yard. He enjoyed metal detecting and picking up pecans. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them as often as possible. He made phone calls to many of them, almost daily.The thing he loved doing most of all was talking to people about Jesus! He loved the Lord with all his heart and he wanted to share the good news with as many people who would listen. He loved spending time in the Word of God and really enjoyed praise and worship music.
Calvin was a gentle, kind, wise, loving man. He adored his family and loved each of them deeply. Leaves to cherish his memory is his wife, Dana Benford of San Angelo, Texas; son Christopher Watkins (Shajuana) of Robertsdale, Alabama; son Derrick Potter of Houston, Texas; daughter Terrica Burris (Luke) of Franklinton, Louisiana, Daughter Sherina Alder (Bradley) of Denton, Texas; son Justin McClintick (Bethany) of Flower Mound, Texas; son Tyler Benford of Hobbs, New Mexico; daughter Alisha Buckler (DeOndria) of Hobbs, New Mexico; sister Dorothy Carter of Hobbs, New Mexico; brother Clarence Benford Jr. (Vicky) of Hobbs, New Mexico; sister Joann Jordan of Phoenix, Arizona; sister Lois Lee (Ron) of Pampa, Texas; fourteen grandchildren; numerous nieces andnephews; several great nieces and nephews and many cousins; a few special friends who had become extended family for him in San Angelo, Texas and Crossville, Tennessee.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Benford Sr. and Grace Benford; two sisters, Novice Faye McBroom and Clarice Finney; one grandson, Mateo Liam Burris; niece Rita Sampson of Amarillo, Texas; niece Darla McBride of Phoenix, Arizona
The family has chosen to honor Calvin’s wishes for no service to be held. Arrangements are being provided by Harmon & Harmon Funeral Associates in Ore City, Texas.