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.