Students and staff at a Jackson County catholic school are mourning the death of one of their own tonight. A father, mentor, and compassionate teacher: that's how the students and staff at Resurrection High School remember Kevin Benefield. The music teacher was killed in an accident this weeknd on I-10 in D'Iberville, but his memory lives on. Today is the first day of school without Benefield, and both students and faculty feel his absence. He's remembered as a person who positively impacted everyone he came in contact with. He was also considered a role model for both students and faculty. Brandon Doby, a student at Resurrection High School, says, "He'd do anything to see you smile and make you happy, even if you're having the worst day ever, he'd find a way." Kelsey Stone, another student, says, "He played such an important role in my life. He was a father figure to me and to a lot of other students here."
Scott Sisson, football coach at Resurrection High, says, "Good man, good friend, very godly man. He'd give you the shirt off his back if you needed it." Emma Landry, another student, says, "He was always cheerful and making jokes. He just wanted everybody to be happy and positive." Benefield devoted more than 30 years of his life teaching, but he also shared his musical talents at church services, weddings, funerals, and parties. Resurrection Principal, Kay McKenna, says he was a very important staff member, even though he only taught at Resurrection for three years. She says, "There's going to be a big hole here. We'll miss him very much." While the community continues to grieve over the sudden loss of such an influential figure, those who knew him are hopeful that they will be able to stand together and stay strong. Victoria Burrow, another student, says, "Show the love that we have for our faculty and for our students, and I think it can take on a positive note instead of a negative one, and I think that's what Mr. B would want us to do."
Benefield was 62 years old. His funeral will be this Wednesday, and the public is invited to attend.