James Paul Benedict


James Paul Benedict, 96, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23, 2020. He was born Sept. 24, 1924 in Belmont Texas, to Henry Paul and Olga Emma Soefjie Benedict. James “Buddy” Benedict was the oldest of three siblings, one of them his twin sister. He married his long-time sweetheart Agnes Ann Wurz on Sept. 19, 1948. They started their life together in El Paso TX.  Buddy retired from 25 years of service with Halliburton as a Diesel Mechanic and 20 years with the Gonzales County Maintenance Department.  James had honorably served in the United States Army Air Corp in WWII.

Bud grew up at their home place in Belmont listening to his daddy and family play music. He loved to dance and be with his family. He also enjoyed time with the guys and spent many years hunting at their deer lease. His life revolved around work and play, and he was always known as the one folks could count on, his word was his bond. He is survived by his son Hank Benedict and wife Dawn; daughter, LouAnn Norton and husband Butch; granddaughters, Kody Campbell, Kari Gothard and husband Shane, Natalie Land and husband Gordon, Christina Benedict and a grandson, Anthony Benedict. Great-grandchildren, Rebecca Bender, Cole Harris, Tyler Wright, Jake Wright, Darla Campbell, Patrick and Michael Benedict. And one great-great granddaughter, Haysleigh Jo Wright. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, twin sister, Joyce Duncan and sister, Betty Arnett.

Graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 in the Belmont Cemetery with Pastor Paul Smith officiating and the Luling American Legion Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Tyler Wright, Jake Wright, Butch Norton, Shane Gothard, Anthony Benedict and Gordon Land. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.  Friends may sign the guest register and leave condolences to the family by visiting

Due to current CDC, State and local mandates, protective measures regarding social distancing, limited attendance capacity, and use of personal protective masks will be required for the graveside burial rite.  Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home 906 St. Paul Gonzales, Texas 78629.