Benjamin F. Witham • May 24, 2020
On Sunday, May 24, 2020, our Lord called Benjamin Forest Witham home at the age of 92. A graveside service will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on May 28 at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Witham was born in Benton, Arkansas, March 13, 1928, to Benjamin and Candace (Jones) Witham and grew up on a farm with four siblings. Benjamin (Ben) married Calleen Palmer on August 13, 1950, and moved to Pensacola, Florida. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War Era. He retired from Monsanto where he worked in the Power Facility. Ben was an active member of Olive Baptist Church.
Some of the various activities and interests he pursued were photography, camping, traveling (including two trips to Israel), reading his Bible, ham radio operation, studying military history, and attending air shows. Ben particularly loved Pensacola’s Blue Angels. For many years he and Calleen enjoyed planting a garden.
Mr. Witham was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son and six siblings: Mable Witham, Lucille Martin, Irene Mitchell, Curtis Witham, Winfred Witham, and an infant sister.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Calleen; daughters Vicki Newell (Peter) and Cynthia Dugger (James); grandchildren, Aubrey Corcoran (Bryan), Rachel Webb, Kevin Dugger, Lindsey Jeremiah (Kevin), and Ryan Dugger; 9 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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