Annie Lois Hunter ‘Nooke’ Benson

Published 9:11 am Monday, April 4, 2016

Annie Lois “Nooke” Hunter Benson died on March 29, 2016 after a brief illness.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1944, to the late W.R. and Hester Scott Hunter in Mocksville. A lifelong resident of the city, she attended local public schools and graduated from Davie County Training School. She retired from Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. after 17 years as supervisor.  She was married for 46 years to Leroy Benson.  She was a faithful and active member of Mainville AME Zion Church and enjoyed decorating the fellowship hall for occasions and church events.  She was also a member of the Board of Trustees, Usher Board, Sunday School, a life member of the Woman’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society, bulletin board coordinator, and president emeritus of the Stewardess Board. When the fellowship hall was built, she accepted the job of painting all the kitchen cabinets. Her favorite scripture was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas Richard Hunter.

Surviving: her husband, Leroy Benson of the home; 4 stepchildren, Stephone Hedrick, Leslie Benson, Tangela B. (Norris) Culpepper, and Shevone Dalton; 4 sisters, Hazel Dillard of Mocksville, Linda Riggs of Winston-Salem, Janice Summers of Chapel Hill, and Phyllis Hunter of Charlotte; 3 brothers, James Hunter (Janet) of Kernersville, Kenneth Hunter of Mocksville, and Keith Hunter (Cathy) of Indian Trail; 3 brothers-in-law, Bernard Benson and George Benson of California, John Benson of Winston-Salem; 4 sisters-in-law, Margretta Key and Alice Lindsay of Winston-Salem, and Queen (Al) Whithee of Florida, and Roxie (Carl) Burns of Winston-Salem; an uncle, Willie Scott (Shirley) of Mocksville; an aunt, Margaret Lyons of Winston-Salem; 3 faithful friends, Carol Benton, Diane (Grady) Jackson, and the Rev. WanEtta Belle, all of Winston-Salem; 7 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Her funeral service was held Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m. at Mainville AME Zion Church in Mocksville.  The Rev. Sylvia Y. Perry officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour before the service.