What’s in a Name?

Your name is unique.  Why were you named Benton Lanier?

I was an unexpected child as far as my dad was concerned (born 14 years after my brother, R.J.), and I was a ‘disappointment’ to my mother (who was hoping I would be her first girl after giving birth to 4 boys).  She was married at 15 and gave birth to her boys at 16, 17, 19, & 23. I was born when she was 37.  

She had always wanted to use her family name, Benton, which was her maiden name….thus, that became my first name.  Daddy wanted to name me after one of his best friends, Lanier Forgason, who had roomed & boarded with them when he came to Wharton, Texas (I believe during that time he and Dad had worked for the railroad in Wharton)…thus, my middle name became Lanier….and I have always gone by that name, unless I’m at the doctor’s office….there I’m Benton. :))

One of my real joys in life was to name my eldest son after me, Benton Lanier Stevens, Jr. And, that’s where the name came from. (a little wordy, but…you asked, and this is the long version)

         Love, Pop

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