Viola Benner

Viola Elizabeth "Vi" Benner (Hicks)

Monday, January 21st, 1946 - Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Viola Elizabeth Benner, “Vi”, 73, of Clear Brook, VA, died at home Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Vi was born January 21, 1946, in Donaldsonville, GA; daughter of the late Richard and Effie Pate Hicks. She was a domestic engineer and she ran a tight ship of her family and home. She loved to garden and work in her yards.

After a very short courtship, she married what turned out to be the love of her life, James G. Benner “Jimmy”, March 30, 1966. He preceded her in death, March 1, 2017.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy B. McDaniel (Shawn) of Winchester, VA, Sonya L. May (Chuck) of Clear Brook and Selena L. Reuling (Travis) of Berryville; grandsons, James “Chad” McDaniel of Clear Brook, Thomas “Wade” McDaniel (Christine) of Winchester, Corey D. May of Clear Brook, James D. May of Winchester, Travis “Stone” Reuling of Winchester, granddaughter, Rose “Ellie” Reuling of Berryvile, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Talbert of Blackshear, GA and Pearl Bryant of Jessup, GA; and many nieces and nephews who most called her more than just Aunt Vi.

She is preceded in death by her son James G. Benner Jr; brothers, Clifton, John, Joe, Ernest and Willard and her sisters, Mildred, Lena and Inez.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm, with a visitation one hour prior from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. Pastor Jeff Conrad will officiate. Entombment will follow at Shenandoah Memorial Park beside her beloved Jim.

Pallbearers will be Chad McDaniel, Wade McDaniel, Corey May, James May, Stone Reuling and Ellie Reuling.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Viola Benner to the SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capitol Area, 3701 Pender Dr. Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Jeff Conrad
  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
    Shenandoah Memorial Park Mausoleum
    1270 Front Royal Pike
    WINCHESTER, VA 22602
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Sonya May

Posted at 07:56pm
Love you momma

Kim and Shawn Harrington

Posted at 05:10pm
Our deepest sympathy to our extended Family. Love and prayers to you all.
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Teresa Shirley Haines

Posted at 10:49am
Vi, I have known you & Jim All my life . I will miss your laugh. I will never forget all the great weekends we had in your front yard with our family being like one . I will cherish all those great childhood memories. Love you like my 2nd mom. Till we meet again love , Teresa

Alexandra & John Braun

Posted at 02:50pm
Please accept or condolences and sincere sympathies for your loss.
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June Wallace

Posted at 06:06pm
Vi I just don't know what to say- but I remember that last week when we talked- we talked about nothing stuff - and some serious stuff and I remember saying I don't know what else to say- and you said I don't either- so we laughed and said I love you's and hung up- that is what I want to remember- we talked about it all and we loved through it all - you gave me such inspiration - threw in a lot of discipline in - but most of all you gave me love- and I still remember when you babysat us and would put us to bed for our un-needed nap = so that you could dance to American Dance something with your friends- you always told me and Carl that if we got off the bed the Devil would grab us- and close the curtains those heavy dark ones- until about 10 years ago I would not hang my hand or foot off the bed at night- I remember when you let me babysit Selena while you and uncle Jim went to the Shenandoah river for the weekend - Grandma Rosie was overseeing things - but Sonya climbed up into this cabinet and took some stuff down she was not supposed to- and of course left it out and you came home early - and we were in trouble- I remember you being there for me when life was rough and I was unsure- you always listened and never led me either way but supported me- I remember when I came to stay with you and Uncle Jim when I got divorced- and you were both so loving and supportive - I remember when you fed Marty the Arthritis pill for the dog and when you laughed and laughed when I did not know Marty and Uncle Jim had way to much to drink and me being naive did not know my precious husband was drunk along with my precious Uncle Jim - So many things I remember and will always treasure- but most of all I want you to know you really are my favorite Aunt- and I will never forget you and your spirit- strength- heart- and the fact that you loved us beyond reason- But one more thing I have to say- you were the most beautiful woman I have ever known - I think my son Stephen said it all when he used to call you and Uncle Jim the "Hollywood" Couple - I love you Vi - love june

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