With much love spread and many memories shared, our beloved Benzie accepted his angel's invitation into the kingdom on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at his home in Piscataway, New Jersey. As a result, our hearts are less bright but we know the heavens are filled with extra doses of love, joy, peace and laughter.
Benzie Sistrunk Jr. was born July 20, !945 in Eatonton, Georgia to Mary L. Sistrunk and Benzie Sistrunk Sr. As a young boy, family moved to Philadelphia, Pa. and later to New Brunswick, NJ. He was educated in the
Philadelphia and New Brunswick public schools, and graduated from Middlesex Vocational and Technical School class of 1964.
Upon graduation Benzie joined the Painters Local, and was employed by various contractors. He landed his first big contract with ALCO Aluminum in the late l 970's, and worked for them in Rockdale, Texas for 2 l /2 years. Upon returning to New Jersey, he started his own company called Sistrunk Painting, which he successfully operated until his health began to fail.
Ben married the former Cheryl Pemberton on February 12, 1966 and resided in Piscataway, NJ for 53 years. They are the proud parents of 2 daughters, Monica Sistrunk-Hilliard and Nicole Sistrunk-Lewis.
"Ben" as he was affectionately called, was an avid hunter and fisherman; however, his true love was racing homing pigeons. He was introduced to the sport as a teenager; and he participated in breeding birds until his departure. Most of all, he loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, in New Brunswick. He was also a member of the New Brunswick Painters and Allied Trades, local union #694 of Central New Jersey and the Queen City Homing Pigeon Club of Piscataway, New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary L. Sistrunk; his father Benzie Sistrnnk Sr.; a brother William Johnson (Ethel, also deceased); his grandson Agammeion Poston. Benzie's memory will be cherished and forever remembered by his loving wife Cheryl Sistrunk; his sister Jessie Richardson, his two daughters Monica Hillard (Anthony), Mary Nicole Sistrunk- Lewis (H ashawn ); grandchildren Abriel Poston, Taleta Poston,Toni Hilliard, Jonathan Hilliard, Jatear Gardner; Bryce Sistrunk-Lewis,and Kesi Sistrunk-Lewis; great grandchildren Amir Poston, Jaiven Gardner; his brothers & sisters-in -law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. .
Benzie will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services will be 11am Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Light of the World Family Worship Church, 2400 S. Broad Street, Hamilton, NJ, 08610. Calling hours will be 4 – 6pm Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Hughes Funeral Home. Interment will be private.
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