OBITUARIES: Feb. 28, 2018

Martha Burleson Benfield

Martha Burleson Benfield, 81, of the Pyatte Community, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 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, the Rev. Glen Burleson, C.L. Burleson and Demery Burleson.

Clay and Martha owned and operated Calloway Grocery at Pyatte for several 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 were 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Big Meadows Baptist Church. Pastor Keith Russell and the Rev. Josh Calvert officiated.

The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Graveside services were 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Shannon Benfield, Jeff Benfield, Dustin Barnard, John McGraw Jr., Jared McGraw and David Benfield.

Memorial donations may be made to Big Meadows Baptist Church, 1985 Horney Road, Newland, NC 28657 or to the Gideon’s International at P.O. Box 92, Newland, NC 28657. Visit to send online condolences.

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