Paul E. “Bud” Bentley, 79 of South Portsmouth Kentucky passed away Monday Nov. 26th, 2018 at SOMC Hospice facility in Portsmouth Oh. Bud was born January 1939 to the late William S. Bentley and Laura B. Bentley, in Greenup Ky. Bud enjoyed using his hands working with wood, making dulcimers, etc. He enjoyed fishing, bluegrass music, and making children laugh. He liked sharing ‘tall tails’ with children. He brought so much joy and laughter to our lives, may we always remember and celebrate his life, and be thankful that we were able to walk along with him in our personal journeys.
Bud was a member of the Sunshine United Methodist church, the Masonic Lodge of Harrison-Fullerton #937 in South Shore (Past Master; 32nd degree), retired from North American Refractories and a member of the Radiance Order of the Eastern Star (Past Worth Patron).
One of his many ‘notes’ was that in 1957, Bud was the youngest Post Master in the United States at 18 years old.
Along with his parents Bud was preceded in death by one son, Roger Dale Bentley; two brothers, Wesley and John V. Bentley; four sisters, Ollie Ratliff, Beulah Collier, Ota Hunt and Etta Mae Bentley.
Bud is survived by his loving wife and soul-mate, Dorothy L. Bentley (Roberts), he affectionately called the ‘pick of the litter’. They were married on June 8th, 1957. Also survived by their three sons, Paul (Buddy) and Tami Bentley (Hamilton) of New Jersey, Howard of Minnesota, and Aaron (Kent) and Stephanie Bentley (Crum) of Greenup Co.
Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Vanessa Mussari of Jackson NJ., Andrew Bentley of Denver CO., and Michael Bentley of Jackson, NJ., and 3 Great-grandchildren, Christiana Basile, Morgan Mussari, and Anthony Mussari, all of Jackson NJ. Also surviving siblings are Howard Bentley of Columbus, OH., Roy Bentley of South Shore, Robert ‘Bob’ Bentley, Wanda Dillow of South Shore, and Betty VanHorn of Indianapolis. Along with several other beloved nieces, nephews and friends who will sadly miss him.
Services will be Friday @ 1pm Nov. 30th, held at the Sunshine United Methodist Church in South Shore (2mi. south on Rt.7) with pastors Bob Sweeney and Charles Mallory officiating. Friends and family may call Thursday evening (5pm to 8pm) at Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, and 1 hour prior to the Friday service. There will be a Masonic service at 8:00pm following the visitation at the Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at the Bennett’s Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations be made to the Sunshine United Methodist Church building fund.