Ronald Jan Benfield, age 69, of Pineola passed away on Thursday May 24, 2012 at his residence.
A native of Avery County, he was born March 1, 1943 a son of the late Shoner and Bessie Odom Benfield.
He served in the United States Army during Vietnam in Mortuary Affairs.
Ronald retired from the Avery County Register of Deeds office. He had also served as Veterans Affair Officer for Avery County for many years, was a Licensed Funeral Director from 1965 - 2006 and was a Funeral Director with Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 1965 - 1973.
He was a member of Pat Ray Post #4286, the D.A.V and the NCFDA.
Along with his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his: brother, Leonard Benfield; sisters, Edna Calloway and Ola Gray.
Ronald has left to cherish his memory his: wife, Cathy Benfield; son, Robbie Benfield; granddaughters, Kaitlen Benfield and Mollie Buchanan; a host of nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery with funeral services to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunters Helping Kids at PO Box 1646 Newland, NC 28657.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Benfield family.