Mr. Richard E. "Ben" Benenhaley, 67, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, after a brief illness following many years of declining health. Mr. Benenhaley was born January 8, 1948, in Dalzell, South Carolina, to Loring Benenhaley, Sr. and Leila Oxendine Benenhaley.\n\n He attended Hillcrest High School in Sumter, South Carolina and served in the United States Military for 11 1/2 years, including two tours in Vietnam. He met his future wife, Mary Whitehurse, when he was stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado, in 1973, and they married later that year, on October 6. Mr. and Mrs. Benenhaley then moved to Germany and later to Fayetteville, North Carolina. There, Ben continued to serve in the military, then held several construction jobs before working in civil service for 25 years, from 1990-2005. He retired from civil service following his bilateral lung transplant in 2005. \n\n Although he suffered many health problems in the last decade of his life, including a bout with his cancer in 2014, Ben's fighting spirit never wavered, although he endured many doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and obstacles. He loved NASCAR, woodworking, and above all, spending time with his family, especially his two grandsons. He was a talented man who could build nearly anything from wood, and over the years he made many treasured gifts for family and friends. His loved ones will miss him dearly, but they are comforted to in the knowledge that he is now at peace.\n\n Mr. Benenhaley is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary K. Benenhaley; son, Jeffrey Benenhaley and his wife Anne; daughter Amy McMahon and her husband Frankie; grandsons Kyle and Bryson, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Loring Jr. and Johnny. \n\n The family will receive friends and family from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Andrews Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina, with a funeral service immediately following in the church at 11:00 am. A military burial service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, at 10:00 am at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, 8220 Bragg Blvd, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a special transplant fund In Memory of Richard Benenhaley, c/o Dr. Scott Palmer, PO Box 103002, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 27710, or to the American Cancer Society.