Robert Floyd ‘Big Daddy’ Benson

Published 10:58 am Friday, December 30, 2016

Mr. Robert Floyd “Big Daddy” Benson Sr., 89, of US 601 S., Mocksville, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Bermuda Commons in Advance.

He was born Nov. 10, 1927 in Davie County to the late William Floyd and Vera Augusta Livengood Benson. Mr. Benson was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Cooleemee. He was owner/operator of Benson Electric and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II. Mr. Benson designed, constructed and managed Twin Cedars, the first golf course in Davie County, and was instrumental in developing the golf program in Davie County Schools. He was retired from Golf Course Superintendents Association and was inducted into the Davie County Sports Hall of Fame in October 2015.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nell Allen Benson; a son, James Gregory Benson; and a daughter, Deborah Denise Worden.

Survivors: his partner, Peggy Wallace; his children, Bobbie Mullis (Tony) and Robin Benson (Cindy), all of Mocksville; 4 grandchildren, Tonya Mullis, Seth Worden (Darlene), Palmer Benson and Nolan Benson; and 3 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Shelby Harbour and Dana Fruits officiating. Burial followed in Rose Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 29 at the funeral home.

Memorials: Camp Manna Ministries, c/o Stan Riddle, 243 Gibson Way, Mocksville; Davie Advocacy Center, 261 S. Main St., Mocksville; or Victory Baptist Building Fund, PO Box 686, Cooleemee.