On June 10, 2012 at 10:20 am, heaven gained another angel as Helen Margarite Hamilton Bench, age 85, as she went home to be with our Lord.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Helen was formerly from Blackberry City, WV and has resided for the past 10 years with her only daughter, Patricia Bench Prater and son in law, Earl Prater in Cross Lanes near Charleston, WV; and granddaughter Christy Prater of Columbus, OH. She is also survived by her son, Marvin Bench of Florida
She was born on March 16, 1927, in Blackberry City, WV, a daughter of the late John Thomas and Bertha Tinsley Hamilton.
Helen is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years the Rev. Harvard M. Bench; sister Phyllis Hamilton Barrette; brother William R. Hamilton and James L. Hatfield.
Helen and her husband pastored several Church of God Churches in the area and had a large church family and lots of friends. Helen's family remembers her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother of 4; and great grandmother of 6. Helen always put others first and always wanted you to eat from her table before you left her home and always wanted you to feel at home.
Helen is also survived by her special first cousin Susan Hamilton (Rodney) Stewart of Ransom, KY that she loved dearly and many nieces and nephews that she also loved dearly. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Honoring services will be conducted Friday, June 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. David Ferguson officiating.
Burial will follow at the family cemetery at Blackberry City, WV.
Earl Prater; Tommy Prater; Rodney Stewart; and Phillip Gross will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Christy Prater; Michael Bench; Shawn Bench; Rusty Dean; Rex Varney; Adam Eastwood will serve as pallbearers.
The family will begin receiving friends on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service
Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services of Matewan, WV