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Earl Raymond Benningfield, Jr.

Earl Raymond Benningfield, Jr., age 79, of Claymont, DE passed away on Friday July 29, 2022.

Mr. Benningfield graduated from Chester High School in 1961 and graduated with a Business Degree from Delaware Technical & Community College in 1973. In addition, he was a proud member of the Free Masons.

He began his life of service by enlisting in the United States Navy and honorably serving from 1961 to 1965 and then with the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1965 to 1967. Upon conclusion of his admirable military service, he worked as a Manufacturing Manager for Electric Hose & Rubber Company in Wilmington and Rodel, Inc. of Newark, DE. After retiring from the manufacturing industry, he opened the Club Avenue Barber Shop in Claymont, DE. His barber shop quickly became known as a social gathering place for many local residents looking for great service and entertaining conversation of current events and stories by fellow veterans. Several of his clients affectionately referred to Earl as the “unofficial Mayor of Claymont”.

On his rare days off, Earl could often be found at the residences and nursing homes of former customers who were unable to travel to his shop giving them haircuts and personal care, typically free of charge. Along with the love he had for his own dogs, he also rescued dogs that otherwise would have been homeless or abandoned.

A dedicated family man, Earl took great pleasure in coaching his son in youth baseball and in later years attending the many activities of his grandchildren. An avid fan of “oldies” music, he often stated “they just don’t make music like that anymore”.

He is survived by his wife Carole A., whom he adored throughout their 59 years of marriage; daughters Betty Golden and Tammy Marek; son Lee Benningfield; brothers Bobby and Lee A. Benningfield; sister Lynne Corish; as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services

Family and friends may visit from 10:30-11:30AM on Wednesday August 10, 2022 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington where funeral services will begin at 11:30AM. Interment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.


    Janet Wade Menniti lit a candle and writes,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Butch. He was the ultimate gentleman, husband,father,grandfather, brother, cousin and Friend.. He was like a little brother to my Mom and Uncle Bud growing up.. The world lost a Great Man, but Heaven recieved an Angel 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    08/05/2022 07:49 pm
    Shane Golden lit a candle and writes,
    The ultimate family man and role model. Someone who could strike up a conversation with anyone in the world and make them laugh. When describing the type of person he was, I often talk about how he always put others before himself. Not just family but people he didn’t even know. If the only shirt he had was the one on his back and a single dollar in his pocket, he’d give them both to someone who didn’t have either with absolutely zero hesitation. If more people could be like you this world would be a much better place. I will miss you forever Popop but I know you’re up there in your barbershop that God set up for you giving free haircuts with your Elvis music playing from your record player, a Leonardo DiCaprio movie playing on the tv in the background, tiny model cars set up on the shelves, and a Corvette parked right outside with your name on it.
    08/05/2022 09:35 pm
    RYAN BENNINGFIELD lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace poppop. I know you're up there looking down over all of us. I am so happy you got to meet your great grandchildren I just wish they could've seen you the way I always remember you growing up. I'll always have your voice in my head telling me to get my elbows off the table and the look on everyone's face in your barbershop when you would pay me to cut my hair. You fought like a champion your whole life and left your footprint on this earth and everyones hearts. Thank you as well for your service and fighting four our country. Love you! P.S. - I'll never forget the times you'd start cutting someone's hair and leave to go home and let out the dog! Haha you were the best role model for us growing up and it was so unfortunate that our kids could not get to know the honorable man that you were when we grew up. Please be the same person in heaven you have always been down here on earth.
    08/07/2022 10:17 am

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