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Martha Burleson Benfield, age 81, of the Pyatte Community, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Coleman and Bonnie Vance Burleson and the wife of Clay Benfield, who passed away in 2010. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lewis Clay "Lewie" Benfield, Jr., who passed away in 2012; son-in-law, Ed Carpenter; daughter-in-law, Glenda Benfield; sisters: Jeanette Benfield, Elzora Dale and Mary Johnson and brothers: Rev. Glen Burleson, C. L. Burleson and Demery Burleson. Clay and Martha owned and operated Calloway Grocery at Pyatte for a number of years. She was a long-standing active member of Big Meadows Baptist Church who sang in the choir and vigilant prayer warrior whose most important things in her life were her church and her family. She was the best grandmother ever to those who were not even her family.
Surviving is her daughter, Netia Benfield Carpenter of Pyatte; son, Dewey Benfield of Pyatte; daughters-in-law: Debbie and Lisa Benfield both of Pyatte; sisters: Lucille Buchanan and husband, Lawrence, of Pyatte, Nora Lail of Drexel and Barbara Young and husband, Johnny, of Valdese; brother-in-law, Kyle Johnson of Oak Hill; grandchildren: Misty McGraw (John), Heather Barnard (Dennis), Shannon Benfield (Jamie), Jeff Benfield and Bridgette Benfield; great-grandchildren: John McGraw, Jr. (Megan), Jared McGraw, Dustin Barnard, Kayla Barnard, Charity Barnard, Coleman, Barnard, Garren Benfield, Justin Benfield, William Polechio and Brendon Polechio; great, great-grandson, Jase Michael McGraw and special friends: Deanna Fletcher and Wanda Benfield. Numerous nieces, nephews, and her church family also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 25th in Big Meadows Baptist Church. Pastor Keith Russell and Rev. Josh Calvert will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Shannon Benfield, Jeff Benfield, Dustin Barnard, John McGraw, Jr., Jared McGraw and David Benfield.
Memorial donations may be made to Big Meadows Baptist Church at 1985 Horney Road, Newland, NC 28657 or to the Gideon's International at PO Box 92, Newland, NC 28657.