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Thomas Benjamin Sr.

November 11, 1929 – May 19, 2019


November 11, 1929 in Center, Texas, James and Sinnie Benjamin welcomed their 2nd child into the world. They decided to call him Thomas. As a young boy, Thomas accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at Mount Gillion Baptist Church, under the late pastor Rev. Lley. In 1947, he graduated from Timpson Colored High School. After high school, Thomas attend Tyler Barber College. There he mastered the skill of barbering, which would help shape his future. “Sonny boy”, as he was called by some, went on to serve his country in the United States Army. Upon his return, he decided to start fresh in the big city of Houston, Texas. Here in Houston, he found the love of his life, Doris Jean Smiley. In 1953, the couple married. Their union produced 2 children; Thomas Jr. and Karen. The Benjamins experienced 65 years of love and marriage. Busy Bee Barbershop became Thomas’ pride and joy. As owner and proprietor of a successful business, he was a pillar of the community. Everybody in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood of Houston , Texas knew and loved “ Mr. Ben.” The Benjamin family joined Kashmere Gardens Baptist Church led by Pastor Emeritus Gene Canada. They continued to serve under the current leadership of Pastor Edward Durant Jr. Thomas served as a faithful deacon and eventually became Chairman of the Deacon Board. The parishioners of Kashmere Gardens nicknamed him “The Chairman”, a nickname that stuck throughout the rest of his life. Mr. Benjamin was an upright man who loved the Lord. He was a member of the Men’s choir, attended Sunday School & Bible Study, right hand man to both pastors, and an overall good steward. In his leisure time, he loved to travel with his wife, watch CNN and root for the Dallas Cowboys. He exercised often, walking around the track close to his home. Thomas loved to talk about God and provided Christian advice to men of all ages. On the evening of May 19, 2018, Our Heavenly Father decided that Thomas was ready to go from his earthly labor to his heavenly reward. As he goes to stand before the Father, the works he’s done will speak for him! There is no doubt, Thomas will hear the voice of God say “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” Meeting him in Heaven: his wife of 65 years Doris Benjamin , his parents, and his siblings: Velma, James Jr., J. Edward, Don Ray, and John Pipkins.