Delano Benefield

Delano Benefield, District 10

Commissioner Delano Benefield is in his sixth term representing District 10 in Lawrence County. He has served with County Executives Marty Dunkin, Ametra Bailey, Paul Rosson and currently, T.R. Williams. He sat out a four-year state-mandated experiment that combined the county’s 18 districts into nine during County Executive Steve Hill’s term.

Delano grew up in his District on Dugout Road and has lived on Highway 43 near Brace Road since 1986. He and his wife Lucretia have three children.

District 10 shares its eastern border with Giles County and its northernmost border with Maury. Its southern border lies on the north side of Brewer and Campbellsville Roads, so several Amish families and businesses related to the Amish are located there. Its western side includes Dixie Oaks Golf Course and several areas where new home construction is underway.

Delano played a major role in the construction of the current church building, located at the corner of Highway 43 and Brace Road. He learned to be a carpenter, plumber and electrician on the job – his career included 21 years at Monsanto in Columbia and 10 years at the local Union Carbide (now G.T. Refractory Solutions). He was most recently self-employed, using the skills mentioned above.

Northern Lawrence County is definitely growing and increasing numbers at Summertown’s schools are proof. Delano is proud that he was part of Lawrence County’s last major school building program, and is anxious to help with the next. Schools are high on District 10 residents’ priority list, even though there’s no campus in its borders. Roads rank high as well, Delano adds.