STANFORD - Five white doves were released from baskets at the conclusion of yesterday’s funeral for Clark and Bobbie Benton, two of the 49 people who died in Sunday’s crash of Comair Flight 5191.
The birds circled the burial site at Buffalo Springs Cemetery, just west of Stanford.
“The white dove of peace reminds us of the place of peace,” said Wayne Galloway, pastor of Fort Logan Church of Christ, which the Bentons attended.
During the funeral service earlier at Calvary Hill Baptist Church, the Bentons’ twin caskets were side by side. Hers was covered with a large spray of pink roses. An American flag was draped over his casket to signify his service as a Marine.
Galloway said he and others are asking difficult questions in the wake of the Bentons’ deaths.
“Why? Why do bad things happen to good people? I believe I have reasonable and logical explanations. But they don’t help much.”
Galloway said the Bentons would want survivors to trust in God as they did.
Galloway said a memorial service for the Bentons will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fort Logan Church of Christ.
The Bentons were on their way to Aruba to celebrate her 50th birthday when the plane crashed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.
Clark Benton, 48, and his wife taught Bible classes at church. Clark Benton worked as a principal network engineer for General Dynamics Network Systems. Bobbie Benton worked in the offices of a Danville eye doctor.
“They were servants first to the Lord, and then they served the rest of us,” Galloway said. “They left a legacy for us to follow.”