Well-known Sherman city employee laid to rest

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Longtime Sherman city employee Ben Uselton was laid to rest Friday after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 50. On Friday, the community he served came together to show their respects.

For more than twenty years, Ben Uselton was a fixture in the Sherman community, a man we're told befriended just about everyone he met. On Friday, the Grace United Methodist Church was full of those friends saying their final farewell.

Friday’s services for Ben Uselton were far from typical, and friends say were just what he would have wanted. Inside, the church resembled the stands in the University of Tennesee Stadium, because the Volunteers were Uselton's favorite team. As a tribute, friends and family dressed in orange, and those who spoke on his behalf each mentioned his love of the Vols.

While Uselton was a Tennessee native, he lived in Sherman and worked for the Parks Department for more than 20 years. His family says he was proud to be a part of Texoma.

"Once he be came part of the family of Sherman, then he was going to do whatever he could to make sure that Sherman was the best city to live in," Ben’s uncle, Kenneth Uselton, said.

Usleton's family members say he will be greatly missed, and they hope that people remember him as an energetic and talkative person with an infectious smile.

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  • by Ed Lucas Location: Columbia, Tn on Mar 26, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    God bless the Uselton Family
  • by John on Mar 16, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    Goodbye Ben. I'm going to miss you. You were always a lot of fun to be around, whether we were at the lake, Tom's shop, Blue River or anywhere else you seemed to show up. We'll always think of you when we see the color orange.
  • by Thomas Location: Sherman on Mar 15, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    Ben was the kind of person everyone wishes they were. He treated everyone with a friendly face and I will miss him.
  • by Heavy D Location: sherman on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    we morned a great loss in Ben he was not only a friend but like a brother..he will always be held close in our hearts..the city of Sherman was lucky to have a great man like him...now lets see if the city of sherman will step up to the plate and honor this great man like he should be honored by naming a park or his "baby" the water park after him...i feel he made me a better person knowing i could call him a great friend...
  • by Hazel R Location: sherman on Mar 14, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    He will be greatly missed. my kids hearing this on the news was sad they meet him at the opening of the pool and they saw him everytime he ame to the pool to check on things .they.my kids remeber his jokes him laughing and just makeing fun with all of them at the pool. and he will always be remebered to us as a great man, loveable, friendly,true hearted to all the people he meet,and he was such a nice man to all he came in touch with him . i know my family will miss him . my prayers goes out to his family and friends and all that knew him or ever meet him . he is and always will be a special man to my family. thanks ben for just keeping it real and being you you are missed....
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