Benjamin David Emerson, 80, of West Columbia, passed away Sunday, October 7th. Services will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Visitation will held at 11:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. with full military honors, in Fort Jackson National cemetery. A celebration of life reception will follow from 5 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Private Property, 220 West Main Street, Lexington S.C.
Mr. Emerson was born on January 21st, 1938 to Howard Mae and Johnnie Mae Perry Emerson and was one of eight siblings. He graduated from Dreher High School and was an active member of the Dark Horseman. He was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country for twenty-five years in the United States Marine Corp. Upon retiring from the Marines he was employed by United Parcel Service for twenty-four years. He was a member of the Jaycee’s, the Columbia Shag Club, loved to dance and had a great passion for music.
He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Connie Marshall Emerson; daughter, Stacie Emerson Bartlett (John); son, Anthony Todd Emerson (Lorena); six grandchildren, Chasen Elizabeth Howell (Adam), John F. Bartlett, III “Tripp” (Samantha), Reilly Anne Bartlett, Noah Benjamin Bartlett, Isabella Grace Emerson, Sophia Abigail Emerson; great grandson, Hank Emerson Howell; two sisters, Hedi Lee Webster (Larry) and Betty Long Smith. He was predeceased by both of his parents; five siblings, Howard Emerson Jr. “Chick”, Vera “Joy” Emerson, Agnes Emerson McDonald, Richard Emerson; multiple nieces and nephews; and his two angel caregivers, Mary and Pam.