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OBITUARY - Benny Story

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019 at 10:00 AM
View Park | Mon., Oct. 7, 2019 | 2:00P-7:00P
Grace United Methodist Church
4112 W. Slauson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Benny Story

March 14, 1928 - October 1, 2019

Benny Hudson Story, Jr., was born the seventh child of the late Rev. Benny H. Story, Sr. and the eleventh child of his late mother, Minnie V. Davis Story, on March 14, 1928, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

At the age of one, the family returned to the homestead in Noxubee, Arkansas where Benny was baptized in Elam CME Church.In the 1940s, the family moved back to Texarkana, Arkansas and he was united with Walker Chapel CME Church.

Benny attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he starred on the basketball team. After graduation he spent a semester at Tuskegee Institute.

He moved to Los Angeles, California, and delivered telegrams for Western Union while living with his older brother, Odie. After several months of working, he returned to Texarkana, Arkansas.

Benny was an avid jazz enthusiast who also enjoyed playing and watching sports. He collected stamps and continued to use them on a regular basis sending birthday cards to his family and friends. He loved to take pictures with his Polaroid, always being the photographer and not the subject. He enjoyed dancing and partying with family and friends. He was very innovative, always finding ways for things to work more efficiently.

Benny worked a number of years participating in family businesses. He ran his sister, Minnie's Cafe in East St. Louis, Illinois, and in 1950, he ran a gas station and cafe while driving a cab on the side.

In 1952, his mother called from Texarkana and informed him that "Uncle Sam" was calling. He had to close the gas station and cafe and head for home. He was drafted by the United States Army, where he received glowing commendations and was extremely proud. He served as military police while stationed at Fort Ord from September 1952 to June 1954. After being honorably discharged, he was admitted to Cal State LA and attended three years of night school.

Benny began his career with the Department of Water & Power and retired after 31 years of dedicated service. In July of 1959, Benny's first child, Erik, was born and he became a doting father.

Benny met his loving wife, Ethel Williams, while employed at DWP and began a courtship that resulted in their marriage on June 1964. From this union three children, Dexter, Timothy, and Tamryn were born.

In his later years, he embraced technology. Once he was introduced to the internet, his love became sending emails with pictures and jokes and challenging others at Words with Friends on his iPad. He learned to pay bills and observe on Facebook. He was not afraid of a new challenge.

Benny remained a devoted husband, father, and grandfather until his passing on October 1, 2019. Preceding Benny in death were his parents, Benny and Minnie Story, his brothers: Jodie Isaac Manus, Odie Lee Manus, Jessie B. Manus, and Henry Taft Manus Jr.; sisters: Gladys Thornton, Jeweldine Hamdani, Minnie Thomas, Nina Wilkins, and Annise Decree.

Cherishing Benny's memories are his wife, Ethel W. Story, brother, Phillip Vancel Story, children: Erik (Sherry) Story, Dexter (Annette) Story, Tamryn (Jeff) Wilkins, and Timothy (Vicky) Story; his grandchildren: Cymone Story, Yusef Story, Ethan Story, Marissa Starks, Justin Wilkins, Renee Story, Jared Wilkins, Mia Story, and Mason Story; he also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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The family of Benny Story would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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