Michael Ralph Benbow, who lived in Inglewood for a long time and was a leader in the community, died recently. He was 73 years old.
Michael was known for his political activism and spiritual devotion for a long time. He was a member of the First AME Church of Los Angeles and worked on committees for both of Inglewood’s mayors, Roosevelt Dorn and James Butts.
On November 29 at 11:30 a.m., there will be a memorial service at the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd. Richard L. and Geraldine Benbow had Michael Benbow on May 12, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri.
His classmates at Benton Elementary and Beaumont High School liked him because he was friendly and active. Michael also cared a lot about politics and the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. His siblings say that he became known as a champion and advocate in the community.
After he graduated from high school, Michael went to Grambling State University and joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in sports administration.
Michael worked for the famous Georgia State football coach Eddie Robinson. He went to famous places like Yankee Stadium in New York City and the Super Dome in New Orleans with the GSU teams.
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Michael’s friendly personality helped him get good jobs in sales and marketing for big companies like Hershey’s and Yellow Pages. He was also a radio host on one of the most popular stations in St. Louis.
In 1986, he moved to Southern California and went to work for the Inglewood Forum, Herbalife, and Kedren Head Start, where he continued to sell and market things.
Michael and his late wife, Lillian, were both well-known members of the New Frontier Democratic Club and were known for throwing backyard BBQs in the summer. A copy of Busch Stadium, the home field of Michael’s favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, was in their garden.
Mike also got a kidney transplant, and he lived a full life until he died.
His daughter Kendra Niota and son-in-law Mark Prevost will miss him, as will his son Michael Jr., his grandchildren Saadia Rhian and Raia Bree Prevost, his brothers Richard L. Benbow, Jr. (and Lorna) and Leslie Williams (and Tracy), his aunt Donita Williams (and Larry), and many other family members and friends.