BENSON, David Anthony

David Anthony Benson, 40, of Sunset Drive in Pearisburg, departed this life on Friday, January 1, 2016 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg after a long and hard-fought illness. He was born in Roanoke on May 15, 1975, was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and had been employed in maintenance at a Blacksburg Apartment Complex. He was much loved by his family and friends as the unique and special individual he was, his memory will never be forgotten. David was preceded in death by his beloved brother Jason Shane Benson, his maternal grandfather Marce Lee Shelton, his paternal grandparents Paul L. and Juanita Lynch Benson and his maternal aunt Lynn Shelton Howard, his little great-grandmother Myrtle Mae Van Dyke Lowery, an uncle Jimmy Rogers Lester, and a nephew Zachary Brent Shelton. He leaves to cherish his memory his best friend in the world and devoted mother and step-father Capris Shelton and Walter Thompson of Pearisburg, his father Chris Alan Benson, Sr. of Roanoke; his son Jacob Clifton Benson of Colonial Heights, VA; his daughter Ocean Elaine Benson of Florida; his brother Chris Alan Benson, Jr. of Roanoke, a nephew/son who called him “Daddy David” Gabriel Michael Benson; his niece Alexis Breanna Cox of Roanoke; his half-brother Alan Benson of Roanoke; his step-sister Melissa Leigh Thompson of Hillsville, his maternal grandmother Lozine Lowery Shelton of Pearisburg; his girlfriend Mary Anna Musgrove and many aunts , uncles, and cousins. Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 6:00 pm in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, New River Ward in Pembroke. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the services. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting