James "Jim" Benjamin-May 19, 2011

James “Jim” Benjamin, 85, of Amarillo, died Thursday, May 19, 2011.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the funeral home.
Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd with Ken Cole of St. Stephens United Methodist Church officiating.
Mr. Benjamin was born on May 8, 1926 in Great Bend, Kansas to Marguerite and James Benjamin.  He graduated from Woodward High and attended Northwestern Oklahoma.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy where he learned to play the drums.  His hobby was model trains.
He was an original member of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys where he played the drums and drove the bus.  He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California  and in the Pioneer of Western Swing Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington.
He married Dorothy on September 3, 1972 at San Jacinto Methodist Church in Amarillo.
Mr. Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents and two stepdaughters, Lillian Cantrell and Joyce Galle.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home; two sisters, Pat Moore and husband Wesley and Bonnie Brown, all of Woodward, Oklahoma; two sister-in-laws, Yvonne Bittick and Annette Moore and husband Robert, all of Amarillo; his granddaughter, Jennifer Palmer and husband Scott; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin Palmer and Maddie Palmer, all of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Stephens United Methodist Building Fund, 4600 S. Western, Amarillo, TX 79109 or Plum Creek Healthcare Activity Fund, 5601 Plum Creek Dr., Amarillo, TX 79124

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