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Benny Carson

February 3, 1967 ~ May 31, 2022 (age 55)

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Benny Boyce Carson, age 55, of Oneida, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, after a courageous and long hard-fought battle with neuroendocrine cancer and related issues.

Benny was born February 3, 1967, in Scott County, Tennessee, and was the son of Benny Curtis Carson and Barbara “Euladean” Carson of Oneida. He is survived by his beloved wife and high school sweetheart of 32 years, Lisa Terry Carson. Benny was a father to two loving children of whom he loved dearly and was so very proud of: Cody Carson (wife Alex) and Destini Carson Terry (husband Colby) of Oneida. His four grandchildren made his heart happy, brought a smile to his face, even on bad days, and meant the world to him: Rylan and Barrett Carson, and Colben and Blaklei Terry of Oneida. Brothers are Chris Carson (wife Tabby), Den Carson, and Anthony Carson, all of Oneida. Brother-in-law Danny Ray “DT” Terry; sisters-in-law, Linda (Terry) Malone and husband Charlie of Knoxville, Debbie (Terry) Anderson and husband Al, and Kathy (Blevins) Terry of Oneida. Special uncles include Wayne, Deffis (wife Sharon), Dale (wife Karen), and Steve Boyatt, and Nat Carson (wife Ann). He was an admired uncle by many nieces and nephews. Benny made a lot of friends throughout his lifetime. He found great joy in giving nicknames, so if you were fortunate to know him, I’m sure you had one just for you.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Bill and Dorothy Carson; maternal grandparents, Boyce and Laurie Boyatt; father-in-law and mother-in-law Esker “Eck” and Gertrude (Marcum) Terry; brother-in-law James Esker “Junior” Terry; and many other special relatives and friends.

Benny could do or fix just about anything. His mechanic skills began at an early age where he would take apart and put back lawn mowers as a child, then later went on to rebuilding various heavy equipment, and then finally working on his own over-the-road semi-truck. Although he always had a love for operating heavy equipment, his most recent passion was RYCO Trucking (named after his two oldest grandchildren: Rylan and Colben) where he enjoyed being on the road and chatting with his fellow haulers.

Benny was a member of Black Oak Baptist Church, where he had a renewed testimony, and loved serving the Lord and wearing his “Jesus goggles.”  He was currently serving as a first-term commissioner in the 7th district, although his failing health hadn’t allowed him to carry out his duties for many months. He was loved and respected by so many and will be sadly missed by not only his friends and family, but his Black Oak Church family as well. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, kindness, and most importantly his love for family and friends.

Special thank you to his medical care providers: Big South Fork Medical Center for providing comfort on his final day on earth; Kelly West, NP-C and Sue West, LPN at Mountain People’s Medical Clinic for always going the extra mile; Dr. Steven Devore, MD, Dr. Robert Schumaker, MD, and James Wolfenbarger FNP-BC at Tennessee Cancer Specialists for always making themselves available and walking this journey with him since 2007; Fort Sanders Hospital and Radiology team for countless comfort visits; and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Hospital for providing care over the last few years.

Friends may visit with the Carson family on Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 4 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 6 p.m. at Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida with Bro. Kyle Keeton and Bro. Crestin Burke officiating.

Committal service will follow in the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery in Oneida. Pallbearers will be: Cody Carson, Colby Terry, Chris Carson, Den Carson, Anthony Carson, and Craig Hamlin. Honorary pallbearers will be beloved grandsons: Rylan Carson and Colben Terry, and some of the remaining members of his high school glory days River Rats group: Randy Burke, Coy Allen Kidd, Kelly McCartt, and Wade “Humpy” Terry.

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