Dateline: July 10, 2008

Hardy Lloyd Benson, 94, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, in Amarillo.

Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with Rev. Jess Little, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Claude, officiating. Burial was held at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Services were under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Lloyd was born February 5, 1914, in Brice, to Custus Lee and Bertha Hudson Benson. At age four, he and his family moved to Clarendon, where he was a lifelong resident of Donley County until moving to the Hudson House in Claude four years ago. Mr. Benson married Marjorie Louise White in 1935 at Clarendon. Lloyd attended New Mexico Military Institute on a football scholarship. Lloyd and his brother C.L. operated Benson Brothers Farming in Hall Co. for many years. Soon after, Lloyd and his son Bernie partnered in the cattle and land leasing business. He loved hunting, fishing, horses, cattle, and he had valued the land he worked. In 2004, Lloyd was selected as Pioneer Man of the Year in Clarendon. He was a devoted football fan and was very knowledgeable of all current events regarding the sport. Mr. Benson was a director at Farmer's State Bank for many years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon.

He was preceded in death by his parents

Survivors include a son Dr. Bernie Benson and wife Mary of Claude; a daughter, Janice Martin and husband Ronnie of Lubbock; a brother C.L. Benson of Clarendon; a sister Susan LaTrice "Susie" Benson Bell of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Dr. Michael Lee Benson and wife Jill of Claude, Briss Benson Mann and husband Mark of Seminole, Kelly Pederson and husband Raulie of Magnolia, and Lisa Martin Mangold and husband Dr. David Mangold of Lubbock.

The family requests memorials be to Citizens Cemetery Association, PO Box 983, Clarendon, Texas 79226.

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