Benjamin Franklin Henry gained his wings on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the age of 72. He was born September 22, 1948 to the late William and Lottie Henry in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976 Benjamin met the love of his life Catherine “Freida” Henry and they were married on April 14, 1981. In the early 1990s, Benjamin accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He attended Bethel Baptist Institutional Church under the leadership of Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
Benjamin was a great husband, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He was affectionately known to many as Ben, Ben Johnson and BF. But everybody knew him as a man that enjoyed being on the go and living life. He had so many sayings but his favorite was “It Is What It Is”. No matter the context it always seemed to apply. He had a strong passion for playing pool. It did not matter who you were he was not sparing you when it came to playing pool. Benjamin enjoyed attending every sports game and dance recitals to support his children and grandchildren.
Benjamin is survived by his wife, Catherine “Freida” Henry; daughters, Stephanie Henry-Johnson, Benisha Henry, and Danielle Henry; son, Benjamin Henry (Valarie); granddaughters, India Johnson, Anaya Gowdy, Brittany Campbell (Christian), Kennedi Henry, and Kyri Henry; goddaughter, Ranesha Cull; grandsons, Rickey Floyd, Jr. and Jeffrey Johnson, Jr.; sisters, Gloria Sams (William) and Lavetta Barrett; brothers Joseph Nathaniel Henry (Nellie), and Donald Henry (Lenora); two brothers that preceded him in death, William Henry and Arthur “Maurice” Henry; sisters-in-law, Patricia Jackson, Sharon Forshee, Cedera Newman (David), Mildred Nicholson (Charles), Linda Roberts, Martha Johnson, Renita Simmons, Rosiland Jones (Antwan) and April Johnson (preceded); brothers-in-law, Harry Johnson (Nancy), Johnson While, DeVaughn Johnson, Radius Cull, Rickey Cull (Trina), and Reginald Cull (Rachel); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and many sorrowing friends.
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