82-year-old Benny (Ben) Walker Close of Dowelltown, co-owner of Close and Paschal Auction and Realty passed away Saturday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was a US Air Force veteran. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12 noon until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton B. Close and Lilly Grace Fitts and a grandson, Zachary Close. He is survived by his children, Dwayne Close of Smithville, Daryl Close of Dowelltown, David and Renee Close of Watertown and Mary Grace and Howard Bennett of Hermitage. Step-children, Jennifer, Janna, and John Eaton. Nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A sister, Judy Close. Pallbearers will be Ron Paschal, Dennis Slager, Denton Hunt, Greg Dugdale, Lenny Williams, John Blackwell, Robert Smith and John Eaton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Simpson, Joe Howard, Jon Foutch, Dan Street, Doyle Hendrix, Tommy Crips, George Taylor, David Funk, Joel Moore and Jerry Fultz. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children Hospital. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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