Former Harrison County supervisor Larry Benefield dead at 68

Former Harrison County supervisor Larry Benefield died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 68.

Benefield, a 1970 graduate of Gulfport High, was an All-Big 8 selection in football and was part of the 1971 national championship team at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College.

He served 16 years as a supervisor, serving from 1992 to 2008, before stepping down to run for Southern District highway commissioner against then-incumbent Wayne Brown.

Since 2007, Benefield has worked as the director of maintenance, facilities and transportation at Harrison County School District.

He is survived by his wife, Patti, a son, two step-children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

District 3 Supervisor Dr. Marlin Ladner worked with Benefield on the board.

“Larry was already on the board when I came on,” Ladner said. “He was very active in the community and on the Board of Supervisors.

“He was a leader. When I went on, I looked to Larry for advice and experience. Larry was a mentor to me. He was the type of person who was very accommodating. He was easy to speak with and to communicate with. I appreciated that.”

Ladner also said that Benefield was very knowledgeable about county government and its relationship to the community. And he made it his business to become knowledgeable about any undertaking he was involved with.

This is a developing story.

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