Sparta, TN....Funeral services for Mr. Ralph L Benningfield, 92 of Sparta, will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Tim Bumbalough and James Hickey officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family will held Monday, July 22 from 4pm until 8pm at the funeral home.
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Mr. Benningfield was born to the late Sammie T. and the late Rinnie Short Benningfield in Taylor County, Kentucky on July 19, 1927. He passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
In addition to his parents, Mr Benningfield was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Norma Jarobe Benningfield. He was also preceded by one brother, Glenn (Shirley) Benningfield; five sisters, Jennie (Billy Gene) Underwood, Majael (Clyde) Hutchins, Dewel (Woodrow) Richerson, Madlyn (Henry) Parrott, and Ruby (Wilson) Morris.
He was Korean War veteran and a retired Baptist minister with 64 years of service in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Survivors include his children Sibyl (Sam) Cain of Waco, Kentucky, Doug (Karen) Benningfield and Mark Benningfield of Sparta, TN.
Grandchildren: Kim Cain of Waco Kentucky, Travis (Kim) Cain of Berea, Kentucky, and Chad (Elizabeth) Cain of Waco, Kentucky.
Great-Grandchildren: Hope Cain, Tyler (Kenzie) Cain, Sierra (Joe) Redmond, Benton Cain, and Caroline Cain.
Great-Great-Grandchildren: Braxton Cain, Knox Cain, and one great-great- granddaughter expected in September.
Siblings: Eldon (Judy) Benningfield, Shirley (Thomas - deceased) Coffey, and Juanita (Lynwood) Newton, all of Campbellsville, Kentucky.
One special sister-in-law: Ruth Conder of Lexington, Kentucky.
Many nieces and nephews also survive.