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Benji came in to Chick-fil-A Wards Road almost every Tuesday for lunch with a group of LU friends who treated him like they were all brothers. Benji quickly became a favorite guest with his infectious smile and warm greeting!  This photo was the last one taken in the restaurant when we celebrated his birthday with his “brothers!” We wanted to make it very special as we were told it would be his last birthday to celebrate since he was battling cancer. We truly will miss him and will be praying for the family and his close friends. ♥️🙏

Theresa Dunbar

Hey Mr. Nasser. I’m sure you have no idea who I am, but I just wanted to share some sweet personal memories of Benji with you. I met him at about this time last year when he came to my work to get a smoothie. When he saw everyone he said hi to everyone by the nicknames he had given each of them. Then he saw me and he said he had never seen me before and asked when I started working there. I told him that it was my first week and he congratulated me and told me that I needed to celebrate and that he was celebrating with me then he got me to come out from behind the counter and he gave me a big hug. I saw Benji just about once a week or more for months. Every time he saw me, he would tell me how he could just see Jesus shining through me and tell me how beautiful I am and just compliment me. He would tell me how he was praying for me and he would never leave without his hug. Even when I saw him at places besides my job, he would come up and give me a hug and we would talk for a while. I remember the last time I saw him was at Night to Shine last month, and he was singing karaoke and at the end everyone started cheering for him. He was such a sweet guy and will be missed very much! I have been praying for all of you for a long time, especially these past few months! I will continue to pray for your family during this tough season! We love you all! Also, here is the video of him singing. I thought you might enjoy it!

Sarah Norman

One of my favorite relationships to watch was between Ben and Harper. Harper grew up with Benji from the time she was born. He taught her to high five. He taught her to play peek-a-boo. They truly had a bond that was precious. One of the sweetest (and funniest) memories of the two of them was Ben explaining the colors of the rainbow to Harper, who was 2 at the time. He explained to her that “red is the color of Jesus’s blood that he shed for us”….the look on her face was priceless! Everything came back to Jesus in Ben’s mind, which is something we could all learn from. I’ll miss his hugs, his “Hi Miss Liz” smiles, and his special bond with Harper. I can’t wait to hug you again one day, Benji. I love you, thank you for loving my family.

–  Liz Scheren

Our family was blessed to attend the same Life Group at church with Ben. He always had a smile on his face, kind words to share, and loved reading the Bible and sharing what the verses meant to Him. Ben was such a good friend and godly example to all in our Life Group and was loved very much. His love for Jesus shone so bright through him!I will profoundly miss his hugs, his smile, his kind words; but most of all, I will miss his phone calls. Ben was so dear to my family. He loved my girls and they loved him. He always shared “words of wisdom” with them and would pray for them. I, especially, loved watching his competitiveness when he played Connect Four with them. There were many intense games! 😊 I am so grateful that God brought Ben into my family’s lives and we will miss him so much but rejoice that we have the promise to see him again One Sweet Day! Matt, the girls, and I will continue to lift the Nasser family up in prayer. Thank you for sharing your sweet Ben with us. We love you!

Blessings, Matt and Juanita Lewis

There were times when I was on my lunch break at work at TRBC, when Ben would come there and get something to eat and drink at Lion And Lamb on Main Street, and when I would be there, using their microwave to heat up my food, he would come and speak to me, and he was so friendly. I appreciated that. I also remember how every Sunday when I came to church, he and Patrick would be at one of the doors to greet people as they came in. I was privileged to meet him through his sister-in-law, Jennifer, the lovely wife of his brother, David, and it was a pleasure to know him for the short time that I did.

Jonathan McPhail

There were times when I was on my lunch break at work at TRBC, when Ben would come there and get something to eat and drink at Lion And Lamb on Main Street, and when I would be there, using their microwave to heat up my food, he would come and speak to me, and he was so friendly. I appreciated that. I also remember how every Sunday when I came to church, he and Patrick would be at one of the doors to greet people as they came in. I was privileged to meet him through his sister-in-law, Jennifer, the lovely wife of his brother, David, and it was a pleasure to know him for the short time that I did.

Jonathan McPhail