Benjamin “Ben” Robert Golden, age 58, of Xenia, Illinois, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 28, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born March 3, 1961, in Clay County, the son of Robert Ellington and Eunice (Laughlin) Golden. He was united in marriage to Tina S. Phillips on July 14, 1979, at Oak Mound Church and they have shared 40 wedding anniversaries together.
Ben retired after 36 years at Sherwin Williams (Minwax) in Flora where he worked as a supervisor and blend tech. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching football, especially college football. He always made time to attend his kids and grandkids sporting events and was known as “Papa Ben” to his grandkids. Ben will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.
He is survived by his wife: Tina Golden of Xenia; children: Benjamin R. (Katie) Golden Jr. of Xenia, Kendal L. (Adam) Forth of Bumpus Mills, TN, Kyle D. Golden of Carterville; and Hannah M. Golden of Greensboro, NC; 8 grandchildren: Taylor, Mackenzie, Gabe, Elington, William Jack, Johnston, Cole, and Luke; mother: Eunice Golden of Louisville; a brother: Daniel (Jenny) Golden of Isonville, Kentucky; a sister: Deborah (Ed) Notestine of Cumming, GA; his 2 dogs: Bass and Ollie; and many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father: Robert E. Golden and father and mother-in-law: Bill and Jo Ann Phillips.
No services will be held. Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted through the funeral home.