Nelma Jean Benton Heck, 95, went home to her Lord and Savior November 30, 2020.
Jean was born in Girard, Texas, March 9, 1925, to Emmitt and Laura Gilbert Hollingshead and later moved to Potosi, Texas.
Jean was the middle child of nine.
Having grown up during the depression, Jean was resourceful, frugal, creative and developed a strong sense of family.
In Abilene on February 25, 1949, she married Carroll Wilson “C.W.” Benton, who was the love of her life. They had two children, Jack and Laura.
Jean was a homemaker, loved to cook and worked for Abilene Casket Company designing and installing interior panels.
C.W. died on November 6, 1970. Jean later married George Heck on July 22, 1976 and they traveled extensively before his passing on October 11, 1997.
Jean had a servant’s heart and was very active at the Second Baptist Church in Abilene.
She also volunteered at the Food Bank, Senior Citizens and was involved in Prison Ministries, always putting others before herself.
She loved the Lord and reading the Bible and always said that “the Bible is the only book you will ever need.”
In 2002, she moved to Lubbock to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt and Laura Hollingshead; and brothers: Clyde, Floyd and Henry Orville Hollingshead; and sisters: Mae Webb, Iwanda King, Nina Hollingshead and Billie Hollingshead; and a step-son, Joe Benton.
She is survived by her son, Jack Benton and wife, Mary, of Lubbock; and a daughter, Laura Bradley and husband, Larry, of Levelland; grandchildren: Cindy Adams and husband, Chris, Jon Benton, Grace Myers, Jim Bradley, Shawn Bradley and wife, Dana, Matt Bradley, Kaycee Womack, Teresa Benton and Tammy Brewer; great- grandchildren: Ashley Hendershot and husband, Kane, Freddie Reyna, Alyssa Reyna, Josh Shaw, Payton Adams, Addison Adams, Molly Benton, Keaton Bradley and Korbin Bradley.
She is also survived by her sister, Exa Ballard; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Her family and friends will treasure memories of Jean; our mom, grandma and GiGi.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Abell Funeral Home in Abernathy from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 2.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. in the Potosi Cemetery Thursday, December 3, with Rev. Michael Moore officiating.
Services are under the direction of Abell Funeral Home and Flower Shop of Abernathy.
The family requests those attending to wear masks and respect social distancing.
The family suggests donations to Hospice of the South Plains, 4413 82nd Street, #135, Lubbock, TX 79424 or Lubbock Meals on Wheels, 2304 34th Street, Lubbock, Texas, 79411.
Online condolences may be offered through the website, www.AbellFuneralHome.com.