Delbert “Eugene” Benson, Sr., son of the late Grace Macklin and youngest son of the late Emmanuel Benson, was born on February 13, 1946 in Milford, Delaware. In his early years, Delbert was raised by the loving hands of his aunt Angeline Benson, before moving to Cambridge, MD with his father. He peacefully transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly home on September 13, 2021 at home with family.
Delbert served in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving in Korea. Delbert worked at the Dorchester County Detention Center for 23 years, National Can for over 20-years. He was a long time friend and employee of the late Granville Tubman for over 35 years.
As the last living son of Emmanuel Benson, Delbert became the “patriarch” of the family and the depth of love for him is indescribable as a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. A family gathering at church or family reunions and picnics were not complete without him. It wasn’t hard for him to step into his inherited role as patriarch because he loved us and we loved him! He was always “right there” and always willing to help in any way he could. It was never a surprise to see him and Delores visit you at home, the hospital, attend family weddings and church or wherever they were led to travel that for the sake of family. Eugene was a mild mannered, humble, caring and proud man who had great taste in style and loved to shop. He also loved drag racing, westerns and the Dallas Cowboys.
He was preceded in death by thirteen brothers, John, Robert, Francis, Edmund, Roland, Randolph, Oscar, Alex, Carl, Leroy, Harry, Charles, James and four sisters; Rebecca, Dorothy, Beulah and Louise.
He leaves to cherish the memories and to celebrate his life his devoted companion in life Delores (Sister) Demby-Trotter of Cambridge , four children; Delbert Benson Jr. and his wife Ashley, Rena Benson-Major and her husband Paul Tyrine Thompson of Fruitland, Md and Uga Parker of Hurlock, MD; one brother, Roland and his wife Vida of Lincoln, DE; two sisters, Catherine Stevens of Dover, DE and Mary Grace Glasco of Virginia Beach, VA; two sisters-in law; Rev. Frances Benson of Harrington, DE, Anna Benson; seven grand-children; DaShawn, Tervis, Ashley, Tanae, Shyian, Eltoro, and Isaiah; eleven great-grandchildren; and five life long friends Eugene Camper, Ralph Dobson, Monroe Conway, Roland Benson, Douglas Collins and a very special friend, “Peppi” as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.