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The Singletons Produce Family Members Who Make Historic Impact In Their Community
“Benjamin James Singleton, Sr. is being considered In The Memorial Intersection Proposal, Dorchester County, SC”

Honoring, Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), the "Father of Black History, Negro History Week and Black History Month.” Benjamin James Singleton, Sr. (1943-2017), a retired administrator with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina, was an everyday best friend, a comedian, steadfast and consummate businessman, an adviser and entrepreneur: Knightsville Cleaners, the “Many Faces” social club owner, a real estate investor, Ben and Helen Brown Singleton (B&H) Banquet Hall co-owners.  “Ben” was also a community activist, who successfully completed 45 years of public service in law enforcement.

In South Carolina, he was a member of the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association (PSLEOA) and severed as its President 1987-1989.  One incredible moment in his career happened the day USA President George H. W. Bush 41 visited the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department after Hurricane “Hugo” in 1989. 
Respectfully, accolades of merit, Benjamin James Singleton, Sr., was the Former Chief of Police of Ridgeville, South Carolina, which was the birth place of his father, Clement Addison Singleton, Sr. (1913-2001).  Also, Ben was a father, family leader and chief advocate for the “Clement Addison Singleton, Sr. Highway Dedication 2003-2004.”

Clement A. Singleton
Historically, his father, Clement A. Singleton, Sr., as a child, only attended grade school for 4 years and a day (fourth grade education and night school), was a local farmer who worked 29 years, 6 months and 27 days for the US Army Ordnance Depot, Charleston Naval Shipyard, and Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.  Thus, Clement A. Singleton, Sr. lived as an extraordinary son and a very talented man; a beloved brother, father, husband, confidant, lifetime community and church leader; Lay Speaker, Hymn Choir singer and a South Carolina Legendary “Low Country” vocalist, and member of Canaan United Methodist Church (CUMC), Ridgeville, SC.

In 1982, shortly after the untimely passing of his oldest daughter, Thelma Singleton Evans (1934-1982), Lay Speaker Clement A. Singleton, Sr.’s Sunday sermon and “old time gospel songs,” were recorded: Hymn, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” was performed by Isreal T. Singleton and CUMC musically-assisted worship service congregation.  The song “Prayer Changes Things,” and Acapella Congregational Songs were sung at Red Bank United Methodist Church, Cottageville, SC, where Clement A. Singleton sung three songs: “I Saw The Light” and “Sign Me Up” along with “How Far Am I From Canaan?”  RE: Canaan United Methodist Church Choir, Original Historical Hymns and Congregational Church Songs: CD, 1982 & 2019 (Photo: Singleton Family Archives), transferred by John Glassburner of Creswell, Oregon and first recorded by Isreal T. Singleton, Cottageville & Ridgeville, SC, 1982. 
In 2003, the 115Th General Assembly of South Carolina named a portion of HWY 61, Ridgeville, SC, in his father’s honor: Clement A. Singleton Sr. HWY  ---Family Journal, USA Story, Volume 3, Issue 4, December 2016
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Looking back, late 1950s and early 1960s, at our early childhood, brother Benjamin was the fastest runner in the Red Road (Old Orangeburg Road) neighborhood.  In fact, he ran with so much speed, and upon trying out for the Alston High School Tigers football team (1958-1959), Summerville, SC, he simply out ran the passing arms of quarterbacks Lucious Jennings and Isaac "Ike" Dantzler.  As a result, he decided that football was not for him.

Catherine F. Singleton
The jovial laughter of it all brought about more comedic moments.  We recalled the time when Ben was a first semester senior in high school.  One afternoon Ben told his parents, Clement A. Singleton (1913-2001), and Catherine Flood Singleton (1916-1990), that the D’s and F’s on his report card were written by his homeroom teacher.  Benjamin said, “Yes, Mr. Walker did not have enough time to write the “Real” grades on my report carddon’t worry momma and daddy, the D’s and F’s meant I was Doing Fine!”  The very next day, our parents kept Ben home from school, and he worked on the farm as a reminder to do well in school.  And, from that day forward, Ben graduated and went on to a successful career in business and law enforcement.
Our dearly-beloved and highly respected brother Benjamin notable sayings will live on forever.  Ben said, “The reason that I have a dump truck loaded with dirt, parked in from of Knightsville Cleaners and my consignment shop; because, when someone asked me, ‘What’s up with the dirt?’  I said to them, “Do you need some dirt?” Then, he or she would say, “Yes!” And, I would say to myself, “There is money in dirt!” Ben called his favorite dog, Vanguard; because this dog protected his dependable Van (LOL).
Written at are the following statements of condolences for Benjamin James Singleton, Sr.
To the Family of Ben Singleton, Sr: I knew Ben by way of the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association.  He was well respected, and a person who said what he meant, and meant what he said.  He was one of the great Presidents for the PSLEOA.  He will be missed by the law enforcement community all over the state of South Carolina.  The family of “Ben,” you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Sincerely, Chief Willie Johnson, Retired, Greenville Police Department.  --- Willie Johnson, November 30, 2017, Greenville, SC: Dorchester County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Department.
On behalf of our 165 Journal Families, loved ones, relatives, friends, The Cascade United Methodist Church (CUMC) Family, Atlanta, GA, and the Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter (AMAC) of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), we offer sincere prayers of condolences to the Singleton family, upon the passing of our dearly-beloved Ben.  “When I’ve gone the last mile of the way, I will rest at the close of the day; and I know there are joys that await me, when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.”  --- Johnson Oatman, Jr.
We, indeed, thank Our Heavenly Father for Benjamin’s life, which he shared with us.  Now, Lord, may his soul rest in everlasting peace.  And, may God continue to strengthen and take care of you.
Sincerely, Family Journal Editors, USA, Singleton Flood Family Seal
So, it was written: Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr., Summerville, SC - The relatives and friends of Mr. Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr. were invited to attend his Funeral Service 12:00 PM, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Canaan United Methodist Church (CUMC), 171 Highway 61, Ridgeville, SC.  Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Summerville, SC.  The wake service was held Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at CUMC.  Mr. Singleton laid-in-state on Thursday from 10:30 AM until the hour of service.  Mr. Singleton is survived by his wife, Helen Brown Singleton; his children, Tommy Funny and Dr. Sharon Simmons; daughter-in-law, Lynn Haney- Singleton; his stepson, Larry Wright; his grandchildren, Tavarez Ahmaz Funny, Brittney Shuree McClellan, Brittany N. Simmons, Benjamin Jeremiah Singleton, III, and Myah Kathryn Singleton; two great-grandchildren, Solomon Rice, III, Tavarez Funny Jr.; sisters, Ermine Myers, Sarah McLean; brothers, Clement A. Singleton, Jr. (Victoria), Dr. Charles L. Singleton (Cozy) and Isreal T. Singleton (Deloris); brothers-in-law, Leslie Brown (Odessa), Edward T. Samuels; one sister-in-law, Mary Duncan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Condolences were sent to the family at  Arrangements were entrusted to MURRAY'S MORTUARY, 4060 RIVERS AVENUE, NORTH CHARLESTON, SC 843-744-5488. Visit Mr. Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr.’s story:
Contributing obituary writers: Lynn Haney-Singleton, Helen Brown Singleton, and Isreal T. Singleton. Copyright © 2005-2019 The Family Journal, S. McLean, K. Merrilles & C. L. Singleton | All Rights Reserved.  “Announce it in the Family Journal, USA.” --- Benjamin James Singleton, Sr.
Dr. Charles L. Singleton, Clinical and Educational Research Consultant: Editor/Publisher, The Family Journal, USA, Alston High School Garnet & Blue 1964 Journal and ECSC. ECSU Senior Class 1968 Journal, and the Atlanta Metro Alumni Journal, Mr. Isreal T. Singleton, Editor -in- Review.  Please feel free to read our recent articles and contribute in honor of a loved one and the continuance of our publications:

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Photos: Benjamin J. Singleton, Sr.       Clement A. Singleton, Sr.      Catherine F. Singleton     Dr. Charles L. Singleton                
CD Release: Original Historical Hymns and Congregational Church Songs
  John Glassburner, Creswell, Oregon & Isreal T. Singleton, Cottageville & Ridgeville, SC, 1982 & 2019   

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