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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Benny C. Wooten, Sr.

Benny Cleveland Wooten Sr., a native of Quitman, (Brooks County), was born February 22, 1948, to the late William Thomas Wooten Sr. and Wilma Spencer Wooten in Dixie, Georgia. On February 20, 2018, he entered into eternal rest as God needed him more in Heaven. At an early age, Ben joined the Simmon Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he continued to grow in Christ until his last day on earth. Ben attended the Brooks County School System and he graduated from Washington Street High School. After high school, Ben joined the United States Army and after a short period of service, he was honorably discharged. After his service, he returned to the Brooks County Community where he remained for the rest of his life serving God, spending time with his family, working, being a referee, serving the Brooks County Community and doing what he loved, FISHING! Ben began working as a teenager in the grocery business where he met “no stranger.” Ben was a “people person.” With his contagious smile, warm personality and his natural way of caring for people, he impacted the Brooks County Community and surrounding community for many years. As an employee, Ben worked for the Colonial Store, Big Star Franchise, IGA and then Harvey’s Supermarkets where he worked faithfully for over 38 years. During these years, he worked his way up through the business as an employee, bagboy, associate, department head, supervisor, assistant manager, produce manager and store manager. Over the years, Ben received numerous awards, cash prizes, trips, gifts and other accommodations as a reward for his stellar work ethic, winning personality and his exceptional customer service contributions to the community. While working in the colonial store, Ben met the love of his life, Darlene, and they later married on March 3, 1973 at the Brooks County Courthouse. Under this union ordained by God, they were blessed with three sons: Benny Cleveland Jr. (Lil Ben), Derrick Lamar and Marcus Christopher. Ben loved his wife and his sons and he devoted his love, time and attention to them ensuring that they wanted for nothing. With God at the center of their lives, Ben’s family became his motivation to work even harder to make each of them smile. Ben was a rock for his sisters and his extended family and he didn’t mind telling others about how much they meant to him. A true Christian man, Ben loved God and he served God with all of his heart. 

In addition to being a man of God, a loving husband and a dedicated father, Ben committed himself to living an active life in the community and surrounding communities of Brooks County. He was an active member of the Brooks County Laymens Department, the SABOA (Southern Area Basketball Officials Association), the Deep South Baseball Officials, the Walnut Hill Lodge #313 of Quitman (Masonic) and he was a Brooks County Trojan Fan for Life. Ben lived his life to the fullest and he enjoyed living an active on a daily basis. If you searched the dictionary for the word “fisherman,” you might just find Ben’s picture staring back at you. Ben loved to fish and he enjoyed sharing fish with everyone he knew. He would often be found inviting people to his own to pick collard greens he grew in his own back yard or to pick up a watermelon or two to share with their family. He enjoyed sharing with others. On February 20, 2018, God called Benny home to eternal rest while doing something he loved to do, Fishing. On that day, God decided to wrap him in His arms and carry him home. “God Needed Him More!” AMEN! Ben’s Legacy will be cherished and remembered by those who loved him most: a devoted and loving wife of 45 years - Darlene Wooten, two sons – Derrick L. Wooten (Moreh) of Loganville GA and Marcus C. Wooten of Valdosta, GA; three grandchildren – Terrell Mobley of Valdosta, GA, Marcus Wooten Jr. of Waycross, GA and little miss Denver Moreh Wooten of Loganville, GA of whom he called (the 1st lady): two great-grandsons – Terrell Mobley Jr. and Tristan Small both of Valdosta, GA. : two sisters – Janice Mason of Dixie, GA and Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson (Michael) of West Palm Beach FL. : seven sisters-n-law; Marjorie Bythwood (Robert*), Flora Graham, Annie Lois Allen (Ulyssess*), Florence Allen (Claude Jr.), Dorothy Allen, Florene Allen and Betty Allen (Kenneth): four brothers-n-law; Boysie Powell (Myrtle*), Jimmy Allen, Marvin Allen and Michael Johnson: A very special nephew, Sgt. Calvin “Bo” Allen and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and a host many, many family and friends. *Preceding him in death: Benny Cleveland Wooten Jr. (son), William Thomas Wooten Jr. (brother), Myrtle Wooten Powell (sister).

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11AM at First Baptist Church with Rev. James Huewitt, eulogist.  Burial will follow in Simmon Hill Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday at the Stevens-McGhee Chapel from 2PM until 8:30PM.  Please continue to keep the Wooten Family in your daily thoughts and prayers.

Bennie "Mr. Ben" Wooten, Sr.
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  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home
  • Sunday, March 04, 2018
    You are in our prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    ~ Sharon Hornes Breeden   Hahira, GA
  • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    My sincerest condolences and love to the family.
    ~ Fannie Marie Jackson Gibbs   Valdosta, GA
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    I am sorry to hear of Ben's last journey. I pray Gods blessing for you and the family. Luther
    ~ Luther Ponder   Wiichita Falls, TX
  • Friday, March 09, 2018
    Sorry to here of his passing. To the family may God to continue to bless you.
    ~ Mildred Lee Wynn, Youngbood   Dallas, TN
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    So sorry to hear about Ben. I worked with him many many years ago. Your family is in my Thoughts and Prayers.
    ~ BeckyWestberry   Hopatcong, NJ
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    To the Wooten Family: Please find comfort in knowing that God hates death. He views it as an annoying enemy for it was never part of his original purpose for us. (1 Corinthians 15:26) He has a longing to conquer that enemy by means of the resurrection. He promises to awaken Bennie from sleep to reside on earth again. (John 6:44; Psalm 37:29) Our sincere condolences for your loss!
    ~ John and Brenda   Miami, FL
  • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    Many prayers sent to the family for strength to endure the pain of losing a loved one in death. John 5:28-29 is a promise that the Almighty God gives us.
    ~ CMN   Ellenwood, GA