Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Luther Emanuel Benjamin
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Luther Emanuel Benjamin
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Luther Emanuel Benjamin
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Benjamin, Luther Emanuel
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300066
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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Celebration of Life of









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Luther Emmanuel Benjamin
December 26, 1922 May 19, 1995

Service
Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church
Main Street, St. Thomas, USVI
Friday, May 26, 1995...10:00 A.M.
Viewing
John Thomas Funeral Home
8:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M.
Frederick E. Lutheran Church
9:30 A.M. 10:00 A.M
Interment
Western Cemetery

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Eulogy

Luther Emmanuel Benjamin
December 26,1922 May 19,1995

Luther Emmanuel Benjamin was born December 26, 1922,
on the island of St. John, Virgin Islands. He was the fifth of six
children born of the marriage of Eliza and Clementina (Nellie) Ben-
jamin.
Luther died on May 19, 1995, and leaves to mourn four sons
and one daughter, eight grandchildren, two great-grands, one brother,
several nieces and nephews, one adopted daughter, many relatives
and friends.
He spent more than forty years as a contractor and was the
recipient of many awards for his work and dedication. He always
said that he learned a great deal from local contractors, William G.
Lewis and Joseph (Joe) James.
Although he retired after finishing the Federal Building on
St Thomas in the 1970's, Benjamin remained tenacious and spirited.
Among other things he was a prominentRepub.san, known for years
as Mr. Republican.
He was well known on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., and
was associated with many Congressmen and President Ford. He was
active in many community organizations, such as the Chamber of
Commerce, The Lions Club, and Tau Beta Alpha. He was also chair-
man of the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
His construction projects included: The renovation of the St
John Battery better known as the Administrator's Office, the Herman
E. Wallace Music Hall located at Charlotte Amalie High School,
Federal Building in St. Thomas. He also worked on the Knud Hansen
Hospital and built houses for many prominent citizens in St. Tho-
mas.
His memory will live forever because he touched so many
lives, and gave freely of himself. We who knew and loved him,
know he is with the Lord and we pray for his eternal rest in peace.

Until we meet Luther, rest in peace.







Survivors

Sons ........................ ............. ..... Heycliff, Ray, Luther, Jr. & Anthony
Daughter .......................................................... Agnes "Jeannie" Benjamin
Brother .......................... .. .................... .. Antonio Benjamin
Adopted Daughter ................................... ........... ..... Faye O'Connor
Sisters-in-Law ........................................... Regina Pearl, Rita & Henrietta
Nieces ........................ ............. ...... Beryl Stephen, Alicia Boatwright,
Alexis Gerard, Berenice Simmons, Joycelyn Encarnacion,
Agnes Simmons, Stephanie Green, Serita Guillar,
Jackqueline Pickering, Angela Thomas, Carol Lovell,
Rita, Julie, Denise & Alice Benjamin, Shelia Ashton,
Nellie Boyce, Anita Davis, Leona Hodge
Nephews .......................Lucien. Clifford, Jr., Elmo, Rhudel Chinnery,
Louis Hughes, Roy Hennessey, Ricardo Benjamin, Jr.
"Kiddo" Hendricks, Calvin, Lionel, Joel, Eric, Errol,
Ira & Aubrey Benjamin
Special Grandchildren ........................................ Anwar & Shevonne

Many others nieces, nephews, relatives and friends







Paflbearers
Heycliff, Ray. Luther, Jr. and Anthony Benjamin
Rudy and Louis Hughes, Lucien Benjamin,
Ricardo Benjamin, Jr.


Honorary fallbearers
Arthur Benjamin, Thomas Boatwright, Mario Wattlington,
Claude Simmonds, Roy Hennessey, Adulphus Howell
Horace Callwood, Walter Chinnery







Order of Service

The Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr., Pastor

Words of Consolation ...................... ........ ......... Pastor Stephens
Hymn ......................................... Master Let Me Walk With Thee
Prayer of Comfort
Old Testament Lesson...Psalm 121 ..................... Alicia Boatwright
Solo ................................................................... M r. Larry Benjam in
Rem arks ............................................................... M r. R. Vanterpool
Tribute ............................................................... D ow n Street People
Hymn ....................... ........... ....... How Great Thou Art (verse 1)
H oly G ospel .............................................. ..........Luke 13:10-17
Pastor Stephens
Eulogy.......................................... ...................Lucien Benjam in
Hymn ....................... .......... ....... How Great Thou Art (verse 2)
Sermon
Prayers
The Lord's Prayer
Commendation

Pastor: Let us go forth in peace
People: In the Name of Christ. Amen

Processional Hymn ......................... .................. Amazing Grace







Tributes

I felt a deep sense of loss when I learned of the passing of Mr. Luther
Benjamin. He was a friend and fellow Republican. Respected by all who
knew him, he was a man of great ideas. This community will remain grate-
ful to him for the many contributions he has made to his home.

Mr. Benjamin will long be remembered for his positive involvement in the
issues that affected this Territory. He was an active citizen who voiced his
concerns, and played an important role in promoting the advancement of
the people of the Virgin Islands in national political arena. The people of
the Virgin Islands also owe him a deep sense of gratitude for the part he
played in building our infrastructure.

On behalf of the Governor and Mrs. Roy L. Schneider, the Cabinet, and the
people of the Virgin Islands, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family
and friends of Mr. Luther Benjamin. I pray that they will find comfort in
knowing that his life's work and deeds are now part of Virgin Islands his-
tory. May he rest in peace.

KENNETH E. MAPP
Acting Governor

TRIBUTE FROM SENATOR LORRAINE L BERRY

I perceive that many thousands will mourn the passing of Luther
Benjamin. For, throughout the years he has met and known scores upon
scores upon scores of people and he undoubtedly conferred upon them the
same genuine friendliness, kindness and assistance that I experienced.
His knowledge in the building industry and in community affairs
was vast and on many occasions I felt the need to call upon him for assis-
tance in my work as Senator. And what a pleasure that was! He was direct,
honest and forceful and I imagine it was those qualities that earned him the
friendship and respect not only locally but on the national scene where he
was on a first-name basis with key Washington Congressmen and federal
officials.
The loss to his family has got to be terribly painful and it is my
hope they may take some comfort in knowing that in their sorrow they are
joined by so many, many others in the Virgin Islands and on the mainland.
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Uncle Luther:
May you find the peace and rest in the Lord, who loves you so
much. He took you out of your suffering. You were there for me in my
time of sorrow. Your memory will forever live in our hearts. Sleep on, and
take thy rest.
Love,
Your niece, Beryl & Family

Uncle Luther:
We were so shocked and saddened to hear the loss of a dear uncle,
who was like a father to us. We remembered, so well the graciousness and
charm of Uncle Lu's face. We will always love and cherish your memories
all the days of our lives. May God bless you and may you rest in peace in
the golden land.
Your nephew, Eric & great-niece Erica


Luther (Monsier) Benjamin

Whenever the Higher Being calls on one of his flock to join Him in
the great and everlasting beyond, many of us who in one way or the other
have been touched ask "Why?" This is especially true when the associa-
tion has been varied, and we as frail being do not control destiny. This is
the situation in which I and many others find ourselves today, as we mourn
the passing of Luther. I will always remember him as a colleague and
friend of close to fifty years. Our association goes back to the early fifties
when Luther was at the Carib Beach Hotel, during the time that I took the
Charlotte Amalie High School Steelband to play in Puerto Rico at the
Bayamon Club. He was a pioneer in developing the relationship between
Puerto Rico and St Thomas and our Carnival. It was through the efforts of
people like Luther that many in Puerto Rico learned of our Carnival and
Steelband.
Later on Luther who was very good in the culinary arts joined with
Reuben Wheatley and me in opening what we then called the night opera-
tion at the Lindbergh Bay Beach Club. Being one of varied talents, he later
went into the construction business. His first major work was the construc-
tion of the now Herman E. Wallace Music Hall at the Charlotte Amalie
High School. He worked then under the watchful eye of another native
contractor, the late Joseph (Joe) James.
As time went on Luther expanded his construction talent by build-
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ing my home, and many others. He continued to expand in the construc-
tion field leading to the building of the Federal Office Building on Veteran's
Drive. Although these things took a lot of his time he still found enough
left to be part of the Tau Beta Alpha Club of which we were members, and
the Club's Annual entry in the Carnival Parade, and being Santa Claus at
the Club's Annual Christmas Party for the youngsters.
Yes, he had varied talents, and he contributed whenever possible.
Though ill-health came on and slowed him down a bit, he was ever
alert in discussions questioning some of the changes taking place locally,
as to the possible end results.
Rest in peace Luther. And to your family and friends I extend my
sincere sympathy. Life however painful will go on because of you and
others like you.
Alfred "Freddie" Lockhart

We are saddened by Luther's passing. May it be of some comfort
to know our prayers are with you. We share your loss.
Lina and Lily Vazquez

Luther Our Friend
Our friendship goes back to our 'downstreet' days when we played with
things made by hand. We remained friends thru the years. He went on to
great accomplishments in his chosen field-construction. He will be missed
by his friends, community and family. Olga joins me in expressing our
deepest sympathy to his family. His was a useful life. May he rest in
peace.
Olga & Rufus Vanderpool

Beyond Life's Gateway
There's an open gate at the end of the road
Through which each must go alone
And there is a light we cannot see
Our Father claims his own,
Beyond the gate, your loved one
Finds happiness and rest
And there is comfort in the thought
That a loving God knows best.
Rest in Peace
Your sons, Ray, Luther, Jr, & Anthony
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