Early Lawrence (Sonny) Benefield, age 87, of Birmingham, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2019. Arrangements will be handled by Crestview Memorial Funeral Home, Adamsville, AL.
Mr. Early worked as a barber for 50 years at Dollar Barber Shop. He learned his trade at the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Deaf Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Biggie and Robert Benefield; brother Carl Benefield; sisters-in-law, Martha, and Faye Benefield; grandson, Josh Benefield; and wife Lela McCoy Brewer Benefield.
He is survived by brother, Jimmy Benefield; sons, Larry Benefield, and Ward Benefield; stepson, Mike (Phyllis) Brewer; grandchildren, Carl Benefield, Laura (Justin) Dickinson, Jonathan, and Jeremy Benefield, Tiffany (Tommy) Wilkins, and Trey Brewer; and nine great grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Crestview Memorial Funeral Home, Adamsville, Alabama with Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 pm. Pastor Mark Barber officiating. Burial will be immediately after at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.
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