Susan Redith Benjamin Deaver Obituary

Susan Redith Benjamin Deaver, 76, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 1, 2022 surrounded by her family.

Daughter of Julien P. Benjamin Jr. and Dolores McMillan, Susan loved to travel, dance, observe animals, play the ocarina, and most importantly, interpret history through museum work, historic preservation, and storytelling. .

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, she attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. After moving to Atlanta, she completed her education with two master’s degrees, one in Interdependent Early Childhood Special Education and the other in Heritage Preservation, both from Georgia State University. Her professional life has been as a kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade teacher, professional storyteller, executive director of the Crawford W. Long Museum in Jefferson, GA, tour guide at the Georgia Aquarium, trustee of the Sandy Springs Foundation and many other voluntary activities. to historic sites around Atlanta with the Atlanta History Center like the Tully Smith House. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, GA, a founding member of the Order of Southern Storytellers (specializing in Southern folk tales, such as Br’er Rabbit and Jack tales), and was responsible for numerous historic landmark certifications Nationals in Jackson County. , GA.

She is survived by her three sons William Shuford, Kit Deaver and Todd Deaver, her sisters Barbara Benjamin and Elizabeth Benjamin, her brother JP Benjamin III, her Atlanta “sister” Suzanne Mercer, and many dear friends and acquaintances. will miss. laughter, his quick wit and his zeal for life.

A private family service will be held. Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to: Southern Order of Storytellers, Crawford W Long Museum Association at 28 College St Jefferson Ga 30549, Tully Smith House at the Atlanta History Center, and the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at www.shakespearetavern.com /support.

Posted on October 29, 2022

Published in Florida Times Union

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