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“We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. The Dudgeon family ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Ralph and Ginger Dudgeon - Homer, NY

“Dear Joelia, I am so sorry for your loss.Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan Petry ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Joan Petry - Spartanburg, SC

“Joella, I'm so saddened to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Keith Gray

“All of us in North Carolina offer our condolences for your loss. May you find peace for yourself, Joseph, and Jonathan in the days to come. William...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: William B .Gregory - Burlington, NC

“My memory of Ben which will stick in my mind forever is sitting in a canoe pulling in catfish after catfish laughing until we almost tipped the boat. ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: Tapley Jordanwood - Phnom Penh

“I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. He was a friend to all that knew him. ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Ben Jolley - Spartanburg, SC

“We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Dana Ellis - second cousin

“Ben and I met the year of 2000, we were classmates in the horticulture program at Spartanburg Community College, and from there developed a great...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Steven " Chickin " Thompson - SC

“I miss you so much my sweet brother....I can't believe you have left us so soon. I miss your big smile and beautiful blue eyes. I will see you every...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Jennifer - sister

“I'm so sorry for the loss of such an important member of your family. You are in my thoughts. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Anthony Marotta - Greenville, SC

“Dr. Utley: All of us at the Greenville Symphony were saddened to hear the new and send our thoughts your way at this very difficult time. Ken...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Ken Johnson - Greenville, SC

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Benjamin's family on this tragic loss. We hope you will be sustained and find some comfort in memories of a life...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Laurence and Kathryn Libin - NJ

“i WAS SADDENED TO HEAR ABOUT BEN. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO EVERYONE AND HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: DORIS BIVINGS - FRIEND

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin J. Kennedy - Spartanburg, SC

“I am so sorry for our loss. Ben to me was a wonderful, caring, loving, funny man. I met Ben in boarding school in 1991, we had some good memories...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Katherine Lynch - Friend

“Gemtle Ben, God called and your nature was to smile with that gentle spirit and caring nature, happy to continue to serve and share your talents in a...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Doris and Tommy Rudeen - SC

“Was always so much fun to be around such a shame, great parents, my condolences ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: michael - atlanta, GA - friend

“Always a smile,never an unkind word. Great conversations. Laughing at silly stupid movies. Six hour rounds of really bad golf. Swimming with the fish...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin Fox - spartanburg, SC

“I'm so sorry for your/our loss. Ben was a good man and a GREAT friend ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jamie Sohne - friend

“Ben and I attended High School together. He was the first person I met a long way from home. We became friends immediately. He was kind, funny,...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Jonathan Gaby - Atlanta, GA

“I remember that Ben, as a high school student, was a gentleman. He was always polite, and always self-motivated academically. When I noticed his...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Dr. Denise Douglas

“My heart is broken with the news of the loss of Ben. He was a great friend and will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his wife, twin boys and...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Jaime Marino Ruocco

“I true friend and a joy to be around. Ben's love of life and his devotion to making the world a better, happier place will be missed. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Vince Barnhill - Woodruff, SC

“My heart is broken with the news of the loss of Ben. He was a fabulous friend and will be missed. My prayers go out to his boys and his wife. A ...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Kimberly Gresimer Stewart

“George and I are heart-broken to learn of the passing of our son, Tom's, prep school roommate, Ben Utley. He was a lovely mannerly boy who grew into...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Bertrice Small - Southold, NY


Benjamin Tyler Utley, 38, of Inman, died Saturday, December 4, 2010 at his home. Born March 24, 1972 in Oakland, CA, he was the son of Dr. Joella Jordan Utley of Campobello and the late Dr. Joe R. Utley. He lived in California and Kentucky before the family moved to Spartanburg, SC in 1983. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and became a Stephen Minister in 2009. He graduated from Knox High School, Long Island, NY in 1991. He earned an Associate Degree in horticulture at Spartanburg Technical College, was a Certified Nursing Assistant, and was working toward becoming a Certified Medical Assistant.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Allen Utley; his twin sons, Joseph Tyler Utley and Jonathan Paul Utley; his sister, Jennifer Utley Phillips and husband Kenneth Franklin Phillips and their son Jayden Tavon Phillips. Ben’s family also includes his wife’s family, Gloria Allen, Gordon Allen, and Gra Allen. He has many treasured aunts, uncles, and cousins across the states.

Ben was a loving husband, father, son, and a friend to many. He had great passion for helping others and working with those in need. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at Floyd’s Boiling Springs Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. David A. Renwick and the Rev. Ansley B. Page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center, c/o Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, 101 East Wood Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Floyd’s Boiling Springs Chapel

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