October 13, 1957 ~ March 17, 2020

Born in: Chattanooga, TN
Resided in: Arden, NC

Lt. Donovan Lee Benton, USN (Ret.), 62, born October 13, 1957 and passed away March 17, 2020.

Donovan was born in Chattanooga, TN to the late William Albert Benton and Cora Louise Cannon Benton. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Benny Jerry Benton.

Donovan spent his childhood in Homestead, FL and Valdosta, GA. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1980. He served as corpsman for 12 years, achieving the rank of Chief. He attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He received his commission as an officer in the United States Navy in May of 1992. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant in May 2000.

Donovan is survived by his sons, Pierson Alexander Benton of Orlando, FL and Christopher Stephen Benton of Highlands, NC. He is also survived by his sisters, Phoebe Valentine (Jerry), Candace Edgeworth (Doug Samuels) and Wanda Guilliams.

Due to current gathering restrictions the funeral service has been canceled. A service will be rescheduled for a future date yet to be determined.

A private burial will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, his sons request that donations be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, https://www.nmcrs.org/


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Sending my deepest sympathy to an old friend and shipmate…. Condolences to Alex and Chris. Your father was a good man. I wish I had stayed in closer contact after he retired….. Rest In Peace Shipmate…

  2. Sorry to hear of the loss of Donovan. I went to WCU Nursing School with him. He was a nice man and he made classes fun. May GOD bless you all during this difficult time.


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