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Dorothy Jean Benton
(April 1, 1933 - May 6, 2011)

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Dorothy Jean Benton, 78, former Rockford resident, of Fort Worth, Texas, departed this earthly life, to rest with the Lord on May 6, 2011 after being ill since 2003. She was born April 1, 1933 in Forest City, AR the first child of Azalee Bryant. Dorothy graduated from High School in Forest City, class of 1951. She relocated to Chicago where she resided until 1969, then she relocated to Rockford, IL with her late husband, Sherman Benton and their five children. She was employed by F.W. Means Company and retired after 15 years of service from Sundstrand Corporation. Dorothy was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church; Rockford, IL serving in the Sanctuary Choir. In 2001 she, relocated to Fort Worth, TX to resided with her son Marvin. Dorothy leaves to cherish and celebrate her memories three children, Connie McKnight, Marvin and Derrick Benton; brothers, Alvin Walker, and Forest Bryant; sisters, Azalee and Marilyn Brown, a host of grandchildren other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, husband, sons Darnell and Charles; and brothers, James and Jimmie. Services will be held 11:00a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church 3000 Rural St. Burial in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home 2429 W. State S

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