Michael Thomas BenfordDecember 8, 1964 ~ August 13, 2017 (age 52)
Michael Thomas Benford, was born December 8, 1964 in Caruthersville, Missouri to Samuel Thomas Benford and Annie Benford. He was the second of four children. He was raised in Hayti, Missouri where he attended High School. He moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where he met Deloir Wright they had one son, Jeremy Wright. He later moved to Columbia, Missouri and then Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 2015, he moved back to Hayti, Missouri.
In July 2017, Michael made the best decision any person could make; he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. “What a glorious day!!
On Sunday, August 13, 2017 Michael was taken from our midst at the age of 52 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Thomas Benford, his step-father, Robert Earl (Bohonk) Oliver, grandfathers, James Benford and Charlie Harris, grandmothers, Mary Dorris and Beatrice Benford, nine aunts, Etta, Odessa, Perlie, Margaret, Rose, Lorene, Myrtle and Barbara; five uncles, Paul, Finner, Charlie, Travis and Robert.
He leaves to cherish precious memories: his mother, Annie Oliver of Hayti, Missouri; son, Jeremy Wright of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Kathy (Dennis) Armour of Hayti, Missouri, Vickie Stone of Hayti, Missouri; one brother, Tony Benford of Hayti, Missouri; three aunts, Bella Jenkins of Saginaw, Michigan, Judy Boswell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Loretta Higgins of Cleveland, Ohio, three uncles, Miller Adams of Detroit, Michigan, Robert Lee Benford of San Jose, California, James Benford of Chicago, Illinois, a host of cousins, other family members and friends.