Robert Benjamin, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 20.
Benjamin was born on June 26, 1953 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was a Rockaway resident for 30 years.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Benjamin and Mary Ann Brown; wife, Thearsa; brothers, Eddie, Freddie and Nathaniel (Sonny); sisters, Martha Fields and Sarah Young all of St. Matthews, South Carolina.
He is survived by his daughters, Shaunique Samuel Songui and Quanesha Samuel; sons, Lamont Samuel, Rahiem Samuel, Terence Samuel and Anthony Samuel; son-in-law, Joel Songui; daughters-in-law, Tidleek Samuel and Denise Samuel; grandchildren, Tiara Songui, Terena Samuel, Tameeka Samuel, Joel Songui Jr, Lykeam Samuel, Theresa Samuel, Chanelle Theresa Songui, Alisha Terry Turner, Harmony Samuel, Zaire Samuel, Lamont Samuel Jr, Iyana Turner, and Gabriel Samuel; brother, CJ Benjamin; sisters, Elizabeth Edmond and Bertha Moseley; sistersin law, Netia Berry, Sadie Hines, Luticia Samuel, and Lessie Benjamin; brothers-in-law, J.C. Edmond, George Fields, Larry Young, James Samuel, and Thomas Samuel; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. Interment took place at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, St. Matthew, South Carolina.