Ella "Bug" Washington Benton was the youngest of five children born to the late Booker T. Washington and Sarah Ann Harris on Feb. 2, 1933.
She attended school in Webster Parish and graduated from Webster High School in 1955. Ella united with Blue Run Baptist Church at an early age and in later years, with Rocky Mount Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess and choir member. Upon moving to the Concord Community, she and her gamily united with St. James Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a Deaconess and choir member until her health begin to fail.
Ella was united in holy matrimony to Anderson Benton, Sr. on April 10, 1955. To this union, three children were born.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, the Lord called his angel home.
Ella is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mouree Knight and Maggie Daniels; one brother, L.T. Washington; a loving husband, Anderson Benton, Sr.; and son, Anderson Benton, Jr.
She leaves to cherish and celebrate her life two daughters, Shirley Ann Williams (David) of Augusta, Georgia and Yolanda Marquetta Jackson (David) of Gibsland; one brother, Nathaniel Washington (Velma) of Minden; three sisters-in-law, Christell Conner, Hazel Smith and Dorothy Washington, all of Minden; two brothers-in-law, James Knight of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Samuel L. Benton (Wanda) of Minden; six grandchildren, Anderson Benton, III, Yashika K.L. Jefferson, Shelbi L.R. Benton, all of Minden, Nicholas JaBen Benton of Shreveport, Domonique Jamal Jackson and Demarcus Terrell Jackson of Gibsland; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at noon at St. James Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery.
Visitation is being held today (Friday) from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Benevolent Funeral Home Chapel.