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Ben Arkward Ben Arkward, 71, departed this life at his home in Troy, Virginia on Thursday, August 8, 2013. He was born March 29, 1942, at University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of the late Clarence Everett and Marie Maggie Hunter Awkward. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Awkward and John Awkward; and a sister, Matilda McQuaige. Ben leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 46 years, Theresa Arkward, who took care of him until his departure; two children, a son, Benjamin Arkward Jr of Orange, Virginia, and a daughter, Jessica Garland of Kents Store, Virginia; one son-in-law, Robert W Garland Jr of Kents Store, Virginia; very special mother-in-law, Lucy Lee Shepherd; two grandchildren, Khalil Redman of York, Pennsylvania, Malya Garland of Kents Store, Virginia; siblings, Mary Johnson of York, Pennsylvania, Barbara Nelson (Harold) of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Newton (Larry) of Troy, Virginia, Richard Arkward (Jacqueline) of Dover, Pennsylvania; four sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law; and a host of many family and friends. He had four special buddies, Henry Shepherd, Owen Carter, John "Pete" Howard, and Truman "Junie" Carter. Ben attended the public school systems of Albemarle County in Virginia and graduated from St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan Virginia. He also attended various colleges and took classes before entering the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Fluvanna County Sheriff department for many years until his retirement. Ben was a free spirited person who loved life and always loved to help and encourage others. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will always be missed. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Arkward's Family Cemetery, Arkquaige Lane in Troy, Virginia with the Reverend Philip A. Carter officiating. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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