Reverend Bruce Dewayne Benson, 67, Earlsboro resident, left this world for his eternal home Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Shawnee.

Reverend Bruce Dewayne Benson, 67, Earlsboro resident, left this world for his eternal home Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Shawnee.

Bruce was born on Jan. 27, 1950, in Oklahoma City to Reverend Bob and Martha Benson.

Bruce co-owned and operated Benson Construction with his son Brian Benson and built many homes and church buildings. Bruce was also a pastor and served the Assemblies of God and Church of God for over 40 years. He served as pastor in the communities of Cherokee, Perry, Wewoka, Shawnee and Seminole. He was the founding pastor of two churches one that is now Freedom Assembly of God in the South Rock Creek area, and the second is Lighthouse Tabernacle in Seminole. He retired after pastoring Lighthouse Tabernacle for 13 years. Bruce had a love for old cars, hot rods, and was a true Ford man. He was a member of the Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club in Seminole. He was also a family man who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bruce married Donna (Willis) Benson on June 15, 1973, in Moore.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Donna Benson of the home, his father and mother Reverend Bob and Martha Benson of Cyril, two sons; Jeromy Benson and his wife Misti, of Earlsboro, Brian Benson and his wife Stephanie of Earlsboro, one Daughter Amy Gregg and her husband Jerrod of Earlsboro; two brothers Dennis Benson of Cyril, and Reverend Mike Benson and his wife Dawn of Arlington, Texas, and he is also survived by his four grandchildren; Haley Benson, Brayden Benson, Brooklyn Gregg and Madison Benson.

Bruce was preceded in death by his sister Bobbie Jo Gaither.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Reverend Mike Benson and Reverend Ken Kerbo officiating. Burial will follow at the Little Cemetery, north of Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Jeromy Benson, Brian Benson, Jerrod Gregg, Daniel Moore, Erik Rowlett, Robert Anderson, Brandon Smith and Chad Rowan.

The family will receive friends and family at a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Swearingen Funeral Home.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole is in charge of arrangements.