Ben Bentley
4/12/1967 - 9/3/2022

Ronald Bennett Bentley, 55, our “Gentle Giant”, went to be with our Precious Lord and Savior on September 3, 2022. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., September 9, 2022, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with Pastor Butch Bruton officiating. Visitation will be 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Caddo I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Ben was born on April 12, 1967, in Greenville, Texas to Buel Ray Bentley and Joan Bost Bentley.

He was a member of Caddo Mills Masonic Lodge #581, for over 30 years. A 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, as well as the Hella Shrine in Garland, Texas, and Caddo Mills Order of the Eastern Star #82. Ben was on the Caddo Mills Cemetery Board for many years and a Caddo Mills City Councilman for twelve years.

Ben was a legend in the Polyurethane Foaming industry. He and his father, Buel Ray started their business, Bentley and Sons roofing in the early 1980’s. Ben would work for others in the foaming industry through the years, and it was said, “Nobody could spray a wine tank or roof like Ben Bentley.” Ben sprayed the Superdome in New Orleans in the late 90’s and wine tanks all over California. Ben and his son, Shawn, sprayed the roof of the Nuclear Plant in Port St. Lucie, Florida for their friend Jimmie Lee; along with many, many more roofs all over the country. Ben and his father also built the “Puff Plane”, a scarfing machine that takes old foam off of roofs.

Ben was diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012. That ended a career he truly enjoyed and loved. Ben was so thrilled when his son, Shawn, took over the roofing business and building of the Puff Plane.

Ben was so proud of “his boys”, Shawn and John. He would tell everyone about his Marines and would beam with pride.

He was also so proud of his “baby girl”, Madison. He was so happy to get to see her graduate from High School this last May. They were so close, when you saw one, you usually saw the other. They definitely were two of a kind and best buddies.

He is survived by his loving wife, Heather Buchanan Bentley, or to him, “Feather”; his children, Shawn Bentley and wife, Mary of Caddo Mills, John Bentley and wife, Amber of Kronenwetter, Wisconsin, and Madison Bentley of Caddo Mills; mother, Joan Bost Bentley Bramlett; bonus father, Bob Bramlett; sister and brother, Pamela Bentley Kopfer and Randall Kopfer; bonus brothers and sisters, Gary and Lisa Bramlett, Mike and Dee Bramlett, and Pat and Sharon Bramlett; precious grandbabies, Ryleigh Lin, Allie Marie, Beau Riley, Hannah Rhea, and Augustus James; uncle and aunt, Ron and Sarah Bost; cousins, Bill and Mark Bost; parents in love, David and Rebecca Buchanan; brother and friend, Larry Martin; along with many cousins and loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Buel Ray Bentley; paternal grandparents, Ira Buel and Marie Bentley; maternal grandparents, EJ and Margaret Bost. 

Ben never met a stranger. He loved to talk and be a jokester. He had a heart as big as Texas and made of gold. He would help anyone day or night, and literally would give you the shirt off his back. He fought the good fight for many years, loved his family, and friends so much, he hated to leave them. His family is so proud of the legacy he left behind but are so thankful he will never suffer with his pain ever again.

A special thank you to his Oncologist and friend, Dr. Dennis Birenbaum; personal care Physician and friend, Dr. Robert Stark; and all his friends for their love and prayers through the years.

Pallbearers will be David Lee Dodson, Nathan Jeffery, Todd Bethea, Rhea Stroope, Tracy Payne, Chad Crow, Philip Farmer, and Cody Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Dodson, Larry Martin, Ricky Coleman, Jackie Crow, Matt McMahan, Danny Myre, Dwayne Williams, Casey Crow, David Crow, Joey Crow, Dalton Crow, Terry Jones, Chuck Ijames, Steve Ijames, Kurt Schneider, Richard Harris, Joseph Yayahya, Brady Williams, Philip Price, Chad Leftwich, J.J. Newman, Jeff Johnson, Tommy Richardson, Ted Richardson, Randy Hitsman, The Alexander Family, The Jeffery Family, and The Rector Family.

After the service, the family would like to invite all friends and family to join them for a late lunch at the Caddo Mills Masonic Lodge, 3004 State Highway 66, Caddo Mills, Texas 75135. 

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