MRS. MERITHA M.
- WAKE -
- VISITATION -
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 P.M.
- FUNERAL SERVICE -
Saturday, December 2, 2017
College Hill Church of God in Christ
6414 North 30th Street
- INTERMENT -
Garden of Memories
4207 North Lake Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610
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11/29/2017 09:04 PM
Michelle Bennefield of Tampa passed away, Sunday, November 19,
2017. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 2 at 11:00
a.m. at College Hill Church of God in Christ, 6414 N. 30th Street, with
Superintendent Charles Davis, Pastor, officiating. Interment will
follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Meritha Michelle Bennefield, “Rita” as she was affectionately known, was
the second of three siblings, born September 26, 1965, in Tampa Florida,
to the late Eddie C. Marshall and Shirley A. Grimsley. She was a
graduate of Tampa Bay Vocational Technical High School Class of 1983.
Meritha worked for Hillsborough County School District beginning as a
bus driver and within a 2-year period advanced to an Administrative
Assistant at the Velasco Center, Rita worked until she was medically
retired. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, cooking, baking,
entertaining, and spending time with her family.
Rita met Gray “Buddy” Bennefield while in Junior High School and they
quickly became sweethearts and their courtship led to marriage on July
2, 1988. Rita and Buddy were soulmates for over
40 years and Buddy was a very devoted husband who pledged his love to
Rita in both sickness and in health, to their union of three children
were born, Antonio, Antwuan, and Arielle.
Meritha “Rita” Bennefield leaves to cherish her loving and fond
memories: A devoted husband of 29 years, Gray “Buddy” Bennefield;
children, Antonio R. Bennefield, Antwuan D. Bennefield and Arielle L.
Daniel (Rakeli); 9 grandchildren, Anthony Bennefield, Ja’ Shaun
Bennefield, Jamarius Bennefield, Rakeli Daniel Jr, Anto’Nyshia
Bennefield, Raki Daniel, Antonio Bennefield Jr., Ra’Kiya Daniel all of
Tampa FL; and Devon Bennefield of Orange Park FL; Grandmother, Effie
Grimsley, Montgomery AL; Sisters, Tracey Marshall, NE, MD and Nicole
Hinnant, Hilton Head, SC; Brothers, Sam Grimsley, NE, MD, Otha Grimsley,
Tampa FL, Andrew Grimsley, Atlanta GA and Michael Johnson, Miami FL;
Sister-in-law, Richardean Watson (Dewey), Sabrina Bennefield and Cynthia
Bennefield, Tampa FL; Brother-in-law, Leartis Bennefield, Tampa FL;
nieces, Zenobia Lynch, Javita Woods, Sierra Wallace, Alysa Grimsley,
Tampa FL; Kiara Stevenson (Aaron) Pensacola FL; Adrianna Grimsley,
Colorado Springs, CO; nephews, Joseph Woods Jr., Tampa FL, and Antonio
Grimsley, Colorado Springs, CO; aunts, Leola Shellman, Essie Coleman,
Catherine Soarrey and Jacquelyn Gilbert, all of Tampa, FL, Mable
Grimsley, Beverly Hairston, AL, Margaret Kelly, Evelyn Daniel and Annie
Walker, Tampa FL; uncles, Wilmon Walker (Lillie), Wallace Grimsley,
Tampa FL., Gregory Grimsley (Francine), Pensacola FL, and Wallace
Grimsley, Tampa FL; devoted family members, Calvin Coleman Jr, S. Maria
Bell-Coleman, Michelle Coleman, Greg Soarrey Sr. (Sheila), Alicia
Shellman, Arthur Shellman Jr., Thomas Walker (Vivian), John Ponder
(Precious) Von Watson (Danielle), Darryl Jones (Maeordrie), Tampa FL,
Johnny Gilbert (Beverly) Silver Springs, MD; very devoted friends,
Annissia “Niecey” Gaines, Sylvia Wilson and Danette Mays-Moment; and a
host of grieving family and friends.
The remains will repose after 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1 at Ray
Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue. Arrangements entrusted to
RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners.
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