PELL CITY — Graveside service for Virgil Melvin Benson, 82, will be
Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery with the Rev. Jennifer Riddle
officiating. Virgil Melvin Benson was born in Dora, Alabama on Aug. 3, 1924, and
departed this life on Dec. 17, 2006. He attended West Jefferson High School and
the University of Alabama where he received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in
chemistry. He served in the Army during WWII. He taught chemistry at the
University level, Jacksonville State University, for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathan
Melvin Benson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Holcomb
of Birmingham; three children, Suelen (David) Curtis, Edwin (Judith) Benson, and
Marlene (Jim) O'Neill; three grandchildren, Jake Curtis, Conor O'Neill, Caitlin
O'Neill; and many special nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Tuesday, Dec.
19, from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baptist Childrens Home or
Lakeside Hospice. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the