Sep 262014

Bennie Mayberry went to his heavenly home on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Services were held Sept. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1945.

Bennie loved his family, and is survived by his wife, Lila Mayberry; his children, Lisa Lavette of Winslow, Beverly Lynn (Eddie) Mazique of Tucson, Bennie Germaine (Julie) Mayberry of Chandler, Taezia Oneka of Winslow and Lavel Jahmal (Kim) Mayberry of Gilbert; his brother, Robert (Helen) Mayberry; three sisters, Linda Mayberry, Elaine Mayberry and Elizabeth (Walter) Bassett, all of Winslow; and 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lennes and Bennett Mayberry; a brother, Charles Mayberry; a niece, Ultramese Jovan; and two granddaughters, Jhalia Mayberry and Nichelle Mona Mazique.

Bennie lived the majority of his life in Winslow. He attended elementary and high school there, and was an avid saxophone player for the Winslow High School Marching Band. He attended Eastern Arizona College.

He married his wife of 47 years, Lila, and raised his family in Winslow, where he was a respected member of the community. He was surrounded by a significant amount of family and friends.

Bennie had a rewarding career on the railroad. He started his career there as a chair car attendant and worked his way up to conductor. He always had many stories to tell of his travels on the railroad.

He always made time for his family, and was so proud of his children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments. He loved sports, especially watching the Arizona Cardinals and his grandchildren’s youth teams. He had a great passion for the game of dominoes and considered himself an expert. Many memorable moments were created at the domino table.

He served many years as the exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge.

Bennie loved the Lord and knew what was waiting for him when he got “Home.”

Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.