Benjamin "Ben" McAnally

Benjamin Franklin McAnally, 80, of Tyler passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at The Hospice of East Texas HomePlace.

He was born Oct. 27, 1932, in the Campground community, Hunt County, to the late Benjamin Franklin McAnally and Effie Pearl Mason McAnally.

He is survived by spouse, Janell Burnett McAnally, of Tyler; sons, Benjamin Franklin McAnally III and wife Beverly, of Abilene, and William Hobert McAnally and wife Daila, of Fort Stockton; stepson, Tal Glenn and wife Holly, of Tyler; and stepdaughter, Tami Glenn Fink and husband Rainer, of College Station.

He is also survived by grandsons, Benjamin Franklin McAnally IV and wife Elizabeth, of Abilene, and Blake William McAnally, of Abilene; granddaughter, Elyse Lee Lewis and husband Patrick, of Abilene; and stepgrandsons, Michael and Stephen Fink, of College Station.

He was preceded in death by brother, Durwood McAnally; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Elliott.

Ben graduated from Terrell High School, Terrell, in 1949; Bethel College, McKenzie, Tenn., in 1953; Memphis Theological Seminary in 1957 and Vanderbilt University in 1959 (Master of Arts, Sociology of Religion).

He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army.

He was a Presbyterian minister and served churches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and East Texas. He had recently observed the 60th year of his ordination.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 15, 2013, 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler with a reception afterwards to greet the family. Interment will be the following day in Campground Cemetery, Terrell. Services will be conducted by Dr. Stuart Baskin and the Rev. Tom Loden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.

The family wants to thank the staff of The Hospice of East Texas HomePlace for their very loving care during his final days.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 14, 2013