Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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David Benefield Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Owner

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Phone: (256) 396-2888

 

David began working at the funeral home at age 12 for his father. After graduating high school he worked in the cable television industry for several years until returning to the family business in 1992. He decided in 1995 to attend college, at the age of 35, and pursue a degree in funeral service from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. After graduation David fufilled all requirements to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He became owner of the Ashland and Lineville locations in January 2004.

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E. Z. Benefield Founder/Funeral Director

Phone: (256) 396-2888

 

Mr. E. Z. Benefield's career in the funeral service profession began in the 1950's at Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach, Florida. He worked part-time at the funeral home while working full-time as a motor patrol officer (motorcycle cop!) at the Pompano Beach Police Department. The Randolph County, Alabama native returned home with his family in 1967 and along with his brother Don opened the Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in 1972. Upon the invitation of several influential Clay County citizens, they expanded their service area to Clay County with the addition of their Lineville location in 1975. Mr. Benefield soon became the sole owner of the Lineville location and in 1989 was able to purchase the Jackson Funeral Home in Ashland. Mr. Benefield, now 91, is still an inspiration to our families in their hour of need.

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E. Lawson Benefield Funeral Director/Embalmer

Lawson is the son of the owner David. He has been around the funeral home his entire life. After graduating from high school at First Assembly Christian School and completing some basic college and business courses at Southern Union and Jacksonville State University, he decided to continue his studies and pursue his degree in funeral service education. This is a grueling two year course of study in concert with a 2 year apprenticeship, national board exams in sciences and arts plus a final test in Alabama law. On February 12, 2019 Lawson completed his last requirement for licensure and became a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer. He will be the third generation of Benefield's to serve clay county and surrounding area.

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Kevin Acre Funeral Director and Embalmer

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Kevin and owner David Benefield graduated mortuary school together back in 1996. Each have been serving their respective communities ever since. Kevin who is married to Samantha Bolt (Daughter of the late Rev. Charlie Bolt) recently accepted the call to pastor the Lineville Church of God. The timing of God is always on time and for his purposes. Little did either of us know, back in the day, that we would be serving in the same community together. His years of experience and desire to serve God and his fellow man are a welcome addition to our staff and we all look forward to what God has in store for us.

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Kayley Davis Funeral Director and Embalmer

We are proud to welcome Kayley into our funeral home family. She has recently finished her schooling at Jefferson State Community College and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is a very compassionate and caring young lady with a good work ethic and desire to serve. We look forward to what the future holds for her.

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Billy W. Royals Funeral Assistant

Phone: (256) 354-2434

 

Billy has been with the funeral home for over 16 years. He retired from the local natural gas company. His main duties are night-time removals and funeral assistant on the weekends. He is also one of our primary visitation workers. He is a very thoughtful and trustworthy member of our staff.

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Wayne Prestridge Funeral Assistant

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Richard "Ricky" Burroughs Funeral Assistant

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Jeff Travis Funeral Assistant

David Benefield

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Owner
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Click here to send an email.

Phone: (256) 396-2888

 

David began working at the funeral home at age 12 for his father. After graduating high school he worked in the cable television industry for several years until returning to the family business in 1992. He decided in 1995 to attend college, at the age of 35, and pursue a degree in funeral service from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. After graduation David fufilled all requirements to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He became owner of the Ashland and Lineville locations in January 2004.

E. Z. Benefield

Founder/Funeral Director
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Phone: (256) 396-2888

 

Mr. E. Z. Benefield's career in the funeral service profession began in the 1950's at Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach, Florida. He worked part-time at the funeral home while working full-time as a motor patrol officer (motorcycle cop!) at the Pompano Beach Police Department. The Randolph County, Alabama native returned home with his family in 1967 and along with his brother Don opened the Benefield Funeral Home of Wedowee in 1972. Upon the invitation of several influential Clay County citizens, they expanded their service area to Clay County with the addition of their Lineville location in 1975. Mr. Benefield soon became the sole owner of the Lineville location and in 1989 was able to purchase the Jackson Funeral Home in Ashland. Mr. Benefield, now 91, is still an inspiration to our families in their hour of need.

E. Lawson Benefield

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Lawson is the son of the owner David. He has been around the funeral home his entire life. After graduating from high school at First Assembly Christian School and completing some basic college and business courses at Southern Union and Jacksonville State University, he decided to continue his studies and pursue his degree in funeral service education. This is a grueling two year course of study in concert with a 2 year apprenticeship, national board exams in sciences and arts plus a final test in Alabama law. On February 12, 2019 Lawson completed his last requirement for licensure and became a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer. He will be the third generation of Benefield's to serve clay county and surrounding area.

Kevin Acre

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Click here to send an email.

 

Kevin and owner David Benefield graduated mortuary school together back in 1996. Each have been serving their respective communities ever since. Kevin who is married to Samantha Bolt (Daughter of the late Rev. Charlie Bolt) recently accepted the call to pastor the Lineville Church of God. The timing of God is always on time and for his purposes. Little did either of us know, back in the day, that we would be serving in the same community together. His years of experience and desire to serve God and his fellow man are a welcome addition to our staff and we all look forward to what God has in store for us.

Kayley Davis

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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We are proud to welcome Kayley into our funeral home family. She has recently finished her schooling at Jefferson State Community College and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is a very compassionate and caring young lady with a good work ethic and desire to serve. We look forward to what the future holds for her.

Billy W. Royals

Funeral Assistant
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Phone: (256) 354-2434

 

Billy has been with the funeral home for over 16 years. He retired from the local natural gas company. His main duties are night-time removals and funeral assistant on the weekends. He is also one of our primary visitation workers. He is a very thoughtful and trustworthy member of our staff.

Wayne Prestridge

Funeral Assistant
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Richard "Ricky" Burroughs

Funeral Assistant
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Jeff Travis

Funeral Assistant
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