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Lydia Viola Gbenyon
Sunrise: June 16th, 1928   ¨   Sunset: March 1st, 2015

Lydia Viola Gbenyon, affectionately known as “Mama” or “L.V.” went home to the Lord on Sunday, March 1st, 2015, surrounded by family and close friends at the Carolinas Medical Center - University in Charlotte, NC.

Prior to becoming ill, the last few years of her life, L.V. lived a life that most people can only dream of, she was married to the late Rev. Mr. Lawrence E. Gbenyon, Sr. (deceased) for 45 years. The two of them traveled the world together, during his tenure as a diplomat, living in Italy, Ghana and Liberia. While in Liberia, she was the founder and proprietor of L.V.’s Restaurant, which was originally located on Ashmun Street at the E.J. Roye Building and later relocated to Sayon Town, where she lived. L.V.’s Restaurant was regarded as one of the best restaurants in the country. Gifted and passionate about cooking, L.V. enjoyed being able to share her dishes with others. After relocating to the United States permanently in 1990, she continued cooking for family and friends for special occasions and for Sunday dinner.

L.V. was the proud mother of Patricia Abraham, Rachel Diggs (Joe), Etweda Cooper, William Ward, II. (Facia) Glacia Ward-Patray (Nathaniel),  Magdalene McClain (Randolph),  Lawrence Gbenyon, Jr. (Elizabeth), Arnoldo Gbenyon (Sonya) and Giorgio Gbenyon ( Marwin).  Deceased children include, Charles Gbenyon (Glacia) and Enid Gbenyon. She also had a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, who will forever remember her in their hearts.

Wake Vigil – Friday, March 13th  at 7-9pm
Grier Funeral Service
115 John McCarroll Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28216

Viewing – Saturday, March 14th at 12-1pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
1400 Suther Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Funeral – Saturday, March 14th at 1pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
1400 Suther Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Gethsemane Memorial Gardens Cemetery
1504 W Sugar Creek Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28262

Carole Hoefener Community Services Center
610 E 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Hotels with Special Rates:

To get the rates listed below, please reference the Gbenyon Funeral when making your reservations. The deadline to receive these rates is March 9th.

Hilton Charlotte University Place - $119/per night
8629 J M Keynes Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28262

SpringHill Suites by Marriott- Charlotte University Research Park - $99/per night
8700 Research Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28262
Comfort Suites University Area - $89/per night
7735 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28213

Rachel Diggs – 615.353.5548
William Ward, II – 609.271.0026
Glacia Ward-Patray – 704.577.9217
Lawrence Gbenyon, Jr. – 240.338.8801
Arnoldo Gbenyon – 704.609.5852
Giorgio Gbenyon – 980.253.4685