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On Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 10:52AM Geraldine quietly slipped away. A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes were closed. Our hearts were broken as we sat there when Geraldine was called home.
Geraldine Elizabeth Benton-Frierson was born on November 16, 1946 to her loving parents, Willie Benton and Louella Frierson Benton in Sumter, South Carolina. She was the first child of the nine children that were born to that union. Geraldine later met and married Kenneth Crosland.
Geraldine was known for her sassy demeanor. She was phenomenal in letting everyone know just where you stood with her. She did not believe on holding back on her words. Just as she was sassy she was equally as fun loving and
warm hearted she was always generous and supportive. Her home was a haven and refuge to many. Her love, beauty and dedication to her family left a treasure chest of memories that will never ever be forgotten. She enjoyed her family. Geraldine loved her mother, sisters and brothers. She adored her nieces and nephews and had a special connection with each and everyone of them, as well as their children. She leaves to carry forward her vibrancy and inner beauty to all of the lives that she has touched throughout the years and those lives were many, both family and friends.
If you needed a helping hand or a plate of food you could count on Geraldine. If you weren’t doing what she thought you should be doing, she would tell you off while feeding you, then ask you did you have enough to eat. That was our Geraldine.
Geraldine attended the public schools of Sumter, Savage and Glover and in 1965 graduated from Lincoln High School. She also attended Morris College. Geraldine later moved to New York where she attended Manpower Developmental Training School. Upon graduating from Manpower she was offered a Job at New York University. Working herself through the ranks, she retired after 40+years of service as Purchasing Director. After the death of her husband Kenneth, she went to work for her brother at Bailey’s Funeral Home, in Harlem, New York, where she remained until her death.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, her mother, Louella Benton of Sumter South Carolina, four brothers, Willie Benton Jr., Harlem, New York, Robert Lee (Estelle) Newark, Delaware, Bobby (Mary)Bronx, New York, and James (Lois)Brooklyn, New York, Two sisters, Jessie (Carl) New Castle, Delaware and Louella Denise (Manuel) Perth Amboy, New Jersey. A stepson, Kenneth aka Kimmey Crosland, Her Nieces and Nephews and their children, three god children, Esther Mitchell, Deltona Beach Florida, Brenda McElveen, Atlanta, Georgia and Patrick McElveen, Indianapolis, Indiana. A special Aunt, Loretta Presley, Brooklyn, New York, Three special cousins, Carl Williams, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Sonja Murphy, Sumter South Carolina and Rosa McElveen, Atlanta, Georgia and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family that has preceded her in death are: Her husband Kenneth Crosland, Father, Willie Benton, sister, Barbara Ann Benton, brother, Solomon Benton, grandfathers, Willie Frierson and Rufus Benton, grandmothers, Jessie Ludd Benton and Laura Jane Roberson Frierson.
Submitted With Love,
The Benton Family