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1786 Smithville Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone: (931) 738-8549
Fax: (931) 738-8553
Ralph Benningfield

Ralph Layfette Benningfield

Tuesday, July 19th, 1927 - Saturday, July 20th, 2019
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Sparta, TN....Funeral services for Mr. Ralph L Benningfield, 92 of Sparta, will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Tim Bumbalough and James Hickey officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family will held Monday, July 22 from 4pm until 8pm at the funeral home.

Mr. Benningfield was born to the late Sammie T. and the late Rinnie Short Benningfield in Taylor County, Kentucky on July 19, 1927. He passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

In addition to his parents, Mr Benningfield was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Norma Jarobe Benningfield. He was also preceded by one brother, Glenn (Shirley) Benningfield; five sisters, Jennie (Billy Gene) Underwood, Majael (Clyde) Hutchins, Dewel (Woodrow) Richerson, Madlyn (Henry) Parrott, and Ruby (Wilson) Morris.

He was Korean War veteran and a retired Baptist minister with 64 years of service in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Survivors include his children Sibyl (Sam) Cain of Waco, Kentucky, Doug (Karen) Benningfield and Mark Benningfield of Sparta, TN.

Grandchildren: Kim Cain of Waco Kentucky, Travis (Kim) Cain of Berea, Kentucky, and Chad (Elizabeth) Cain of Waco, Kentucky.

Great-Grandchildren: Hope Cain, Tyler (Kenzie) Cain, Sierra (Joe) Redmond, Benton Cain, and Caroline Cain.

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Braxton Cain, Knox Cain, and one great-great- granddaughter expected in September.

Siblings: Eldon (Judy) Benningfield, Shirley (Thomas - deceased) Coffey, and Juanita (Lynwood) Newton, all of Campbellsville, Kentucky.

One special sister-in-law: Ruth Conder of Lexington, Kentucky.

Many nieces and nephews also survive.
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    Sparta, TN 38583

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Jack Perry

Posted at 08:26pm
When I first met Uncle Ralph, I instantly sensed that he was a true Man of character, and I knew he was a Man who had served God in the pursuit of helping Mankind in any manner needed...he was so likable and friendly, even to those he knew not of....If I could ever do a remake of my life, he would truly be what I would want to be... A strong gentle soul who wanted nothing more than to bring peace to this world, albeit in his own way, Sybil, Doug, and Mark...I send my heartfelt condolences for your loss to you, as I know so well how hard it is to lose a cherished father....You can seek solace in the legacy that Ralph left the world, and fill the void by emulating the example he set forth in your lives...You are the best of Families, and my heart weeps for your loss.
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H L KIRBY

Posted at 11:18am
Ralph was a great man use to hunt with him sorry Doug and Mark and Sibyl
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David & Judy Parrott

Posted at 04:56pm
In loving memory of Uncle Ralph, a great man.
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With our deepest sympathy for all of the family. Mark & Julie (Hutchins) Roberts
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Vickie Chambers Douglas

Posted at 12:57pm
Sibyl, Doug and Mark, my prayers are with you and your families. I remember being in your home in Livermore, Ky. Love and peace was there.
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