Let the memory of Kim be with us forever
  • 50 years old
  • Born on February 7, 1961 .
  • Passed away on September 12, 2011 .

Through God’s love and grace, on February 7, 1961 my mother, Dorothy Benton, became the proud parent of her first child, Kim LaShay Benton. Our grandparents, the late Mr. Homer and Mrs. Iola Benton immediately took over rearing Kim and started, affectionately, calling her Diane.

Upon accepting Christ as her personal Savior, my sister joined Mount Hermon Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. C. L. Daugherty. She was a dedicated, consecrated, committed, and active member of the Mount Hermon Baptist Church. She served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Matrons Ministry, Supervisor for the Junior Ushers, Supervisor for the Sunbeam, Cuisine Ministry, and the Beautification Ministry. On Sunday, November 11, 2007, during the 100th Anniversary of the Mount Hermon Baptist Church, she was awarded a beautiful centennial plaque for the outstanding services that she had rendered to the church.

She received her education in the Chambers County Public School System; and graduated from Valley High School in 1979. In 1981 Diane traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to assist two of her cousins, Marlene and Jessie, in the take care of their ailing mother, our great aunt Mellon Cooper, until she made her transition. They developed a close relationship while she lived in Atlanta. Consequently they called her their little sister.

After returning home she was employed by the WalMart Corporation. There she served in various positions including traveling to assist in setting up other WalMart stores in the southeast. While at WalMart my sister met and made a lot of friends, many of which still exist. She retired, as a supervisor, after twenty years with the corporation. She then became the matriarch of our family, taking care of not only her immediate family but extended family and friends.

While my sister did not care for traveling, she never missed a family reunion; whether in Florida, Alabama or Georgia she was always there doing what came natural to her, “pitching in to help”.

Diane had a personality that radiated love, patience and kindness to everyone that knew her. She was truly an inspiration to our family members in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Ohio including her church family, and her many friends.

On Monday September 12, 2011 the angels fitted my sister with her wings and she made her transition to be with her heavenly Father. She was preceded in death by our mother, Ms. Dorothy Ruth Benton and both our maternal grandparents. Kim’s precious memories will forever be engraved in the hearts of her loved ones: four precious children she reared as her very own: Tamara Dunn, Ziliyah Benton, Lashi Sharpe, and Latae Benton; all of Lanett, AL; one God child Kiaya Avery, Birmingham, AL; two devoted and loving sisters, Minister Bobbie (Egland) Ogletree and Mrs. LeShon (Eddie) Bledsoe, Lanett, AL; two caring brothers, Mr. Morris Ramsey, Lanett, AL and Rev. Frankie (Patrice) Hutchinson, Valley, AL; four precious aunts, Mrs. Mary Helen (George) Walker, Mrs. Laveron Ferrell, Lanett, AL; Mrs. Fannie Pearl Benton, Columbus, OH and Mrs. Katie Walker, Atlanta, GA; three uncles, Mr. Tommy Lee Benton, Mr. Homer Benton, Jr., and Mr. George Benton, Lanett, AL; one big special baby, LaShonda Benton and one devoted angel Tekela Walker, Lanett, AL; a God mother, Mrs. Jessie Lee Martin, Lanett, AL; three God sisters, Mrs. Eugenia (Rev. Tony) Avery, Mrs. Cynthia (Michael) Boyd, and Mrs. Phyllis Zachery (Bobby) Stiggers, three nephews, Frankie Hutchinson, Jr., Lagarian Hutchinson, and Kadarell Hutchinson all of Valley, AL; two God nieces, Jayla Lancaster and Jirah Lancaster; one God son, Alexander Jones; special cousins, Mrs. Bobbie (Anthony) Carter, Valley, AL; Mrs. Mary Ann (Henry) Bailey, Mr. Homer Walker, Mr. Griggs (Minnie) Walker, Mr. Morris Walker, Mr. Norris Walker, all of Lanett, AL; an array of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.


Bobbie Benton Ogletree

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Posted by Kiaya Avery on 7th February 2017
I love you!!!!
Posted by Kiaya Avery on 28th June 2014
Hey Auntie, I miss you soooooo much. It's funny that I was applying for a job and i googled something associated with my name and lo ans behold, this page popped up in my search results. I guess this was your way of checking on me. I love you so much and I know that you are up there spoiling all of God's angels with your kindness.
Posted by Lashi Sharpe on 25th April 2014
so , auntie I was just thinking about you and I decided to write you. I miss you sooo much. life is soo different without you. I think about you daily , but some days I cry but I know you wouldn't want me doing that so I try to smile. I wish you was still here , but I know god makes no mistakes and everything happen for a reason. at first I thought I wasn't gone make it without you , but im making it. I love you though and ill see and talk to you later.
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Rosa W. Stiggers, Friend wrote at 2011-09-14 11:20:41 To the Family, Kim was a dear friend, we kept in touch every month. I received a card for every occasion from her and she from me. My deepest sympathy to all of you. With Love, Rosa W. Stiggers
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Michael Autry wrote at 2011-09-15 09:20:56 To the Benton Family May God continue to bless each and every one of you Kim was a sweet and loving person to know
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Sharon White Jones, friend wrote at 2011-09-16 02:31:21 To The Family Kim was a sweet and loving person to know. I will always have the memories of working with her at Wal-Mart and that smile on her face. She will be dearly missed. From my family to yours, You have our deepest sympathy.
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Major -n- ShaRon Gooden, wrote at 2011-09-16 16:45:49 To The Family, Blessed are The Pure in Heart; For they Shall See God! We send our deepest sympathy! May the Lord comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time!
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Lizzie Taylor and Family wrote at 2011-09-17 01:19:58 To the Family, Our sympathy and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. May God continue to keep and bless you.
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
Friend wrote at 2011-09-19 07:07:23 Missing you and will keep your family in my prayers... we love Julia, Tiffany, and Bianca
Posted by (Dav) Administrator on 17th December 2011
MINISTER BOBBIE OGLETREE/MY ONLY SISTER wrote at 2011-09-27 16:14:29 My GOD my heart hurt daily for my only sister for 50years. ITseem like yesterday when I help on the bed to surgery ray with her told I LOVE HER see her when she come back down...TEARS,TEARS,TEAR

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