Charles Bennett Malcolm, (86), resided in Daytona Beach, FL and Winston-Salem, NC. He died peacefully of natural causes on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was at home with family by his side.
Ben is survived by his wife, Marlene McConkey Malcolm, of 65 years; and his sister, Tudie Malcolm Wallace. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Landers Malcolm, his father, Clarence Bruce Malcolm, his sister, Jane Malcolm Mitchell, and brother William Bruce Malcolm.
Ben (Benny) was born on January 23, 1934 in Huntington, WV to parents Alice and Clarence. He graduated from St. Joseph and started pitching baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization under Branch Rickey. He was an Army veteran and spent 2 years in Korea. A retired executive from RJR where he worked for many years in sales, relocation, and special events (sports marketing), including Nascar, where he currently has items on loan to the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
Ben was a great family man and a loving father. He married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, Marlene in 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the couple had 2 children together, including Marla Malcolm King and Michele Malcolm Hutchens; 3 grandchildren; Jilian King Podgurski, Patton Hutchens, and Elizabeth Hutchens; 2 great grandchildren; Blair and Austin Podgurski; a son in-love Jimmy Hutchens, grandson in-love Ethan Podgurski, and nieces and nephews.
He was a social, active man who loved boating, baseball, and John Wayne movies. Various times he had been a member of the Halifax River Yacht Club, Daytona Beach Sail & Power Squadron, Daytona Beach Boat Club, Inland Sea Marina, Korean Veterans Florida East Coast Chapter #189, and Daytona Beach Moose Lodge 1263. His family and friends will always remember him as a man with a large presence both in stature and personality. He was a very deeply caring, loyal, protective, gregarious, fun loving, big hearted person that often said he lived a charmed life.
A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Ormond Beach, FL.