September 19, 1949 - August 28, 2021
Thomas Carl Benson, age 71, died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Born in Conway, SC, Thomas was a son of the late Thomas Luther and Ella Earle Busbee Benson. Tommy lived in Ft Lauderdale for 43 years and had recently returned to South Carolina to make his home in Murrells Inlet. He had always had a love of the low country nature in which he was raised hunting and fishing with his grandfather Carl Busbee at Caledonia. In his later years his passion for photography emerged capturing the beauty of the birds at Huntington Beach State Park and the Everglades. He had such patience waiting for the perfect moment when a mother egret was feeding her babies or a great blue who caught a fish bigger than he was or the impressive display of plumage from the spoonbills. He was always eager to learn more about the birds and the abilities of his camera to capture their story. With all these magnificent pictures he felt such joy in sharing them with all his friends on Facebook. We waited every day with anticipation to see what his next post would bring. Tommy had a deep love for people and was always willing to share what he was learning about his camera and the birds in hopes of encouraging others to share his passion. Photography was not his only talent. He loved wood work and made beautiful frames for the pictures he took. He also created unique and exquisite furniture for his home and others. But his greatest talent was his love and care for people. He was forever kind, generous and encouraging to everyone. He made you feel good. He found great joy in other peoples’ success. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. Carl Leon and Decie Irene Busbee and Martin Luther and Carrie Sue Benson. Survivors include his daughter Laura Lynn Benson (Ritchie) Williams; grandchildren Luke Carlyle Williams, Lawton Avery Williams, Grayson Lynn Williams; sister Frances Benson Lambe; brother William Richard (Timna) Benson; nephews Ronald Scott (Jennie) Lambe, Thomas Martin Benson; and niece Kathleen Earle Benson. Memorial contributions may be made to Waccamaw Audubon Society PO Box 51591 Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or Huntington Beach State Park by sending a check to The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, c/o Beautiful Places Alliance, 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201. A Graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday. September 7, 2021 at Lakeside Cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Thomas Carl Benson, age 71, died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Born in Conway, SC, Thomas was a son of the late Thomas Luther and Ella Earle Busbee Benson. Tommy lived in Ft Lauderdale for 43 years and... View Obituary & Service Information
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