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1937 Case 2024

Benjamin Casey Herring

April 25, 1937 — March 25, 2024


Benjamin Casey Herring
April 25, 1937 – March 25, 2024
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Benjamin Casey Herring, 86, died March 25, 2024 in Charlotte, NC after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Case was born in Goldsboro, NC to Bennie and Sally Herring. He attended Goldsboro High School and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics. At Chapel Hill, he was a member of the Order of the Gorgon’s Head and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, where he established some of his closest friendships that he cherished and maintained throughout his life.

Upon graduation, Case began service in the United States Navy in Miramar, CA where he became an aircraft carrier fighter pilot, flying F-3, A-4 and F-11 jets. Case was called to serve in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis and ultimately settled down in the Jacksonville, FL area where he lived until the last year of his life when he moved to Charlotte, NC to be near his daughters. 

After his military service, Case joined Merrill Lynch as a stock broker and then found his calling in sales of industrial recycling equipment with Montgomery Industries. His business allowed him to continue flying throughout the Southeast where he made lasting relationships with many clients whom he truly counted as friends.

Case never met a stranger. He made friends everywhere he went and had the most wonderful quality of seeking out, recognizing and celebrating a unique and positive trait of every one he knew. He loved the art of words and poetry, and most all who knew him were the recipients of letters, quotes and quips from his creative mind.

At heart, Case was an adventurer and story teller. He joined with close friends to form the Florida Expedition Team in the early 1970’s. In 1974, their team climbed Angel Falls in the remote, unexplored jungles of Venezuela on foot and in rubber kayaks through piranha-infested waters. In 1978 they returned to Venezuela to climb Auyán-tepui, followed by a 1984 glacier climb in Mexico to summit Orizaba, the third highest peak in North America. From scuba diving in the depths of the sea, through the remote jungles of South America, to climbing the highest peaks and even in a mid-life discovery of a passion for golf, Case found great joy in every adventure. The articles, his journals and the many photographs will be forever treasured by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters Anne Herring Neilson (Clark) and Elizabeth Herring Bowen (Bill), his stepson Thomas Brand McCarley (Marcy), eight grandchildren Blakely Neilson, Catherine Neilson, Taylor Neilson, Ford Neilson, Casey Bowen, Gus Bowen, Andrew Bowen (Emory) and Kaseleigh McCarley, his sister Becky Laverty (Roger) and his loving
companion, Ali Register. His affectionate, adventurous, kind and thoughtful legacy will leave a lasting impact on each of them.

Case navigated Parkinson’s Disease for the past decade with the same precision that he flew jets, planned his adventures and managed his life - meticulous, methodical and with intelligent and determined perseverance. Our family is incredibly thankful for the care of his Neurology team at Mayo Clinic, Memory and Movement of Charlotte, Briar Creek Memory Care, Via Health Hospice and especially Victoria Afful and her team at True Angels of Charlotte.

He will have a Navy Honors service and be interred at The National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. In lieu of flowers,
contributions can be made in his honor to The Mayo Clinic Florida Parkinson’s Disease Research 4500 San Pablo Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32224

“Time in the sky during my lifetime has brought me close to the stars.

As I embark on a journey to the stars, I am filled with anticipation of a wonderful sense of adventure…”

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