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About James C. Benton Sr.

James C. Benton Sr., a Myrtle Beach native, graduated from Myrtle Beach High School and attended Clemson University. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. Returning home, he began a career in the family construction business his father started in 1938, C.L. Benton & Sons Inc. The company has been instrumental in the growth of the Grand Strand, especially the rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Hugo. He retired from the business in 1999 and continues to be actively involved in the community.

Benton received the honorary degree Doctor of Public Service from Coastal Carolina University during the May 2007 commencement ceremony.