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Benjamin Harrison Wakefield, 77, of Fairfield Glade, TN, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Life Care Center in Crossville. He was the son of James K. Wakefield Jr. and Samantha Jane Wakefield.
Ben, a longtime resident of Nashville, received his MDIV from Vanderbilt University and served as a pastor throughout Middle Tennessee for The United Methodist Church until 1982. Thereafter, he worked in Nashville in the secular community until he retired in 2008 at Fairfield Glade, TN.
Ben is survived by his wife, Jackie; son, Dr. Wm. Preston (Key) Wakefield; daughter, Mary Lynn (Jerome) Watson; grandchildren, Jake (Rachel) Watson and Logan Watson; great-grandchild, Jensen; brother, David Wakefield of Hendersonville; sisters-in-law, Neala Wakefield of Knoxville, Shirley (Len) KIng of Moran, MI, Linda (Russ) Dillon of Cornell, MI, and Sylvia (Bill) Whalen of Ashland, WI; brothers-in-law, Fred (Olga) Straka of NYC, Dan (Ann) Straka of Iron Mountain, MI, and Steve (Carol) Straka of Hessel, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jim Wakefield.
Donations in his memory can be made to UMC and Good Samaritan Society, Fairfield Glade, TN.
A memorial service and burial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11 a.m. at The United Methodist Church, Fairfield Glade.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on October 4, 2016
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