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Laurie, Ben E.

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July 27, 1938 - April 15, 2011

Laurie, Ben E.

Ben Erle Laurie, longtime Dallas radio personality, was born to Billy and Leita (Atkinson) Laurie in Palestine, Texas on July 27, 1938 and passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 at his home in Dallas, Texas at the age of 72. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. Funeral arrangements are under the personal direction of John P. Brooks.

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Janice Polomsky

July 22, 2014 7:42PM

Well my friend, this Sunday 7-27 would be your birthday. How I wish you were here to indulge in ice cream and cake. I miss you neighbor. I'll visit you Sunday at church, till then keep the traffic at the pearly gates flowing smoothly.

Mary Zinn

April 23, 2014 8:09AM

By mere chance, I just learned of Ben's death a couple of days ago. I am grateful to Ben for giving up his daughter for adoption so many years ago. She has grown into a beautiful young woman.

Jim Weathers

April 26, 2011 5:28PM

Miss you Bud.

Joe and Kathleen Spradlin

April 21, 2011 7:40PM

Kathleen remembers a smack on the head with a toy pistol when she was sixteen and Ben Earl was a small boy.

John Steel

April 21, 2011 11:20AM

All of broadcasting has lost a great talent, and a great guy.

Frank Haley

April 21, 2011 8:12AM

May you Rest in Peace Ben, you taught me a lot about radio news in those wonderful KLIF days in Dallas in 1967 and '68. Those really were the "good old days", we just didn't know it at the time. I hope you personally knew Jesus, because that means I'll see you again, real soon. May God bless you, Ben Laurie, my friend. fh

Tony Lawrence

April 21, 2011 2:44AM

Mickey Grant

April 20, 2011 11:22PM

I couldn't believe this news. Ben was such a sweet heart. He was the first person to suggest that I might need to be in a program he was in for such a long time. He suggested this to me in 1978, I believe after a segment we did on the morning show dealing with the Terlinqua Chili Cookoff. I got so mad at him. I finally got one year in that program in 2002. Eventually that program totally changed my life. Ben was a living inspiration to so many. I last saw him at our KVIL reunion gathering which ended up as part of my steps.
Mickey Grant

Ron De Roxtra (Bahr)

April 20, 2011 12:49PM

A class act by any measure and a gentleman in the truest since of the word. Ben was a kind friend and colleague and a man who understood radio and what it meant to bring word pictures to listeners.

I, along with many others, will miss his voice.

Sara (Davis) Wallace

April 20, 2011 12:22PM

Good-bye, my old friend! Thanks for being there for me. You'll be missed.

Marcia Flach

April 20, 2011 3:29AM

I miss you Ben!!! You were supposed to call me! ;) I told you not to quit taking your Vivix! haha

I will definitely miss our monthly calls and visits. I love reading all the tributes and learning more about you than I ever knew. I love seeing how much everyone loved and appreciated you - I hope you knew that. You were a good friend to me and to many. Thank you for everything! May you RIP now.

Al Vinson

April 20, 2011 2:23AM

Such a shock to lose a longtime
friend. Ben was a real talent,
and will be remembered for his
good work through the years.
I will always treasure his friendship. Al Vinson

James McWain

April 19, 2011 11:30PM

Sheri Proske

April 19, 2011 11:14PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Ben's family and friends.

Mark Watkins

April 19, 2011 11:09PM

A special man with enormous talent, a huge heart and a ready smile. Godspeed!

Mary Sam Stoddard

April 19, 2011 10:40PM

Saluting the memory of Dallas Radio icon, Ben Laurie. We'll miss Ben's friendly smile and welcoming presence at the DFW Media Lunch Bunch gatherings. -- Mary "Sam" Stoddard/1st Female Anncr., DJ in Dallas Radio-KVIL's Girl-Named-Sam 1965

Teresa Richardson

April 19, 2011 10:18PM

I was so sorry to hear that we lost Ben. I listened to him on the radio for as long as I can remember. I will truely miss his unforgettable voice.

Kay Siegel

April 19, 2011 4:38PM

John Bass

April 19, 2011 1:20PM

Ben will be missed by us all. I knew him from the old days of radio, as his dad owned KEBE in Jacksonville for many years, which is where Ben was immersed in broadcasting from his younger days. While I was working at KLIF in the 60s, I spoke with him many times and could feel his inborn spirit and compassion for others. Great guy, and I wish the family peace, but we know that he is now in a far better place than those of us living today are experiencing. Blessings & Peace Ben. May God receive you with open arms into his grace and eternal glory!

Douglas Barricklow

April 19, 2011 12:46PM

Prayers and peace for Ben's family and friends. I expect that Ben's in a good place (the best!) and that our current sorrow will be insignificant when set against the joy of a future reunion.

Kristi Scales

April 19, 2011 12:38PM

Of all the truly nice, talented, wonderful people we had the pleasure of working with at KVIL, Ben was among the very few at the very top of the list. A real gentleman.

Dan Berlin

April 19, 2011 12:36PM

I had the pleasure of working with Ben on the weekends. I always enjoyed our conversations while at work and I think I am a better person for knowing Ben. Rest in peace, Ben

Bob Hendershot

April 19, 2011 11:40AM

So sorry to hear about this. Radio will not be the same without him.

Linda McDougle Zehnder

April 19, 2011 9:54AM

John King

April 19, 2011 8:52AM

Blessed to have known and worked with you. Rest in peace, gentle Ben.

Bill Abernathy

April 19, 2011 8:41AM

My long time friend always "walked the walk" of a spiritual man. He taught me much over the years. We shall truly miss you, Ben. Thank you for the love and kindness you showed me through the years. Your spirit lives on. Until we meet again...Bill

Joe Isham

April 19, 2011 8:19AM

We'll miss you, Ben. Thanks for all the stories of the Good Old Days of Radio

Scott Gaines

April 19, 2011 7:28AM

Although, I always knew the name Ben Laurie I just had the chance to get to know him over the last year and a half at Westwood One and I have NEVER met a more gentle man and kinder soul, his experience and the stories he could tell left me sitting for hours and listening to him. I know for a fact, Ben you will be missed. May you find peace and health that God will give you now and go REST high on that mountain, my friend, You deserve it!

Lee Jackson

April 19, 2011 12:59AM

Ben, you will be missed. I only knew you for a relatively short time, but you still made an impact on me that I will never forget. May you find peace.

Marty Groves

April 18, 2011 9:46PM

Phil Paschke

April 18, 2011 9:34PM

I have read the guest book and y'all knew Ben the way I knew him, too. I was a close friend of Ben for the past 36 years and I will miss him very much. When my wife Marty and I got married in '82 Ben stood up with us. Our condolences to his family, co-workers and friends.

Karen Stone

April 18, 2011 9:07PM

What a kind and gentle man Ben was. I haven't been in touch with him for a long time I'm sorry to say. The angels in heaven will love his voice. May he rest in peace. My sympathies to his family.

Stacia Davis

April 18, 2011 9:01PM

All my love to you and yours. You will be missed.

Nancy Alexander

April 18, 2011 7:10PM


April 18, 2011 6:34PM

You will be missed will miss hearing in the kvil helicopter. Rest In Peace


April 18, 2011 6:34PM

You will be missed.

Sandi Sharp

April 18, 2011 6:33PM

I had the privilege of working with Ben on-air at KLUV when he did some traffic reports live from the studio. He was just a nice, nice man, great sense of humor......he shared several stories with me about his time in Dallas radio. I know he'll still be listening in heaven to all of us. He will be greatly missed and loved by all. God speed Ben!

Dee Ann Cook

April 18, 2011 6:26PM

I enjoyed listening to Ben for many years at various radio stations. He always sounded so warm and "real". My condolences to his family for their loss.

Ron and Jean Selden

April 18, 2011 5:49PM

Larry Dixon

April 18, 2011 5:23PM

I'll always remember Ben's wit. One day he said to me "Larry, I used to be a DJ like you....and then I learned how to read." What a loss to the broadcast community.

John P. Brooks

April 18, 2011 5:09PM

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace Ben

Retha Brooks

April 18, 2011 4:23PM

The voice we knew, who flew;
welcomed in our lives
bringing midmorning, midday,
Midnoon Traffic news; none the worse
When delivered by friend in verse.
Rest in peace dear one of Dallas
In that helicopter Palace
Above our skies of blue
We will miss you friend, Adieu!

Jennifer Ellis Harp

April 18, 2011 4:00PM

Ben was a broadcasting legend, but he never behaved like a "star." He was humble, kind, gentle...real. We got to know each other at Metro Broadcasting. When he went back to East Texas to manage a station, I visited with him a couple of times since I had radio ties in that area, too. We shared lemon icebox pie in Jacksonville and drove around Palestine while Ben told stories of his childhood and early days of radio. I'll miss your e-mails, Ben. Thanks for your friendship.

Blaine Brooks

April 18, 2011 12:50PM

I had the pleasure of working with Ben during my traffic reporting years in radio, and he was such a friendly and kind man. He didn't judge. If you worked with him, you were part of the "radio family". In his eyes, you were a professional, and he respected you. Until we meet again, my friend.

Dave Michaels

April 18, 2011 12:47PM

Ben was not just a friend, he was a teacher, and a philospher. He was able to tell us about our industry, he also taught us about how to live.

Integrity, professional, and most important- REAL. He was everything that everyone else has said about him, and for that- we will miss our friend, and our mentor.

I will remember what you taught me, and I will do my best to honor you with passing them on to others.

Clear skies my friend!

David Faulkner

April 18, 2011 12:21PM

Rest in Peace, Ben. You will be missed by many.

Jerry Bobo

April 18, 2011 12:20PM

Everybody loves Ben. He was a kind, gentle, caring and very dependable friend to all. A great smile and a reassuring voice. I hope that his family knows how much we all loved and respected Ben.

Maggie Park Little

April 18, 2011 12:01PM

Ben mentored many of us at Traffic Patrol Broadcasting. He was a gentle sweet soul. Thanks Ben, for kindly leading and inspiring so many.

Scott McDonald

April 18, 2011 11:12AM

God bless you Ben Thank you for everything.

Suzie Humphreys

April 18, 2011 9:14AM

Ben a friend to many.....a gentleman, a true professional, a witty "character",
If he had an "ego" he never displayed it.
He rejoiced in other's accomplishments
and was generous in his praise and kindness.

His steady presence and his calming voice will be missed in our chaotic world.

Barbara Mayhall

April 18, 2011 9:02AM

Goodbye my dear neighbor,,,may you
rest in peace.

Julie DeHarty

April 18, 2011 6:44AM

Ben was one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. A true legend and friend! RIP I will think of you often.

Mike Shannon

April 18, 2011 5:22AM

I knew Ben about 10 years...a mere pittance of time compared to most of you all, but the effect of knowing such a kind and wonderful gentleman will last a lifetime. Perhaps the best each of us can do to honor him is to take a cue from him: Be nice to everyone. Put others' concerns ahead of your own. Be the best at what you do. Stay in touch with friends. Command respect but leave your ego at the door. And much, much more. Ben, I'm going to miss you, pal. Until we meet again....mike

Rosalyn Costanzo

April 17, 2011 10:30PM

Deepest condolences from the entire Pate family.

Bob Cooper

April 17, 2011 8:18PM

All of us at KVIL will miss hearing Ben's kind and gentle voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with with Ben's family and you need to know he was muched loved.

Betty Keyes

April 17, 2011 7:58PM

I knew Ben through my husband, Don Keyes who passed several years ago. I always enjoyed seeing Ben. Don & I had a great time with him the night he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He has sent me e-mails from time to time. I will miss hearing from him.

Carol Scott

April 17, 2011 6:26PM

With the sense of humor that he had, he would enjoyed having departed on "income tax due date" (although it has been extended this year). I loved you, were a BETTER trumpet player than I. I was just a dumb majorette.

Robert Cardenas

April 17, 2011 5:00PM

The business of radio and television leaves little room for gentle giants but every now and then and on rare occasion there comes a Ben Laurie and we are all blessed by his entrance into this one act play which we must all participate in. His voice, demeanor and personality always carried a sense of serenity into every arena his presence graced. His physical presence will be missed but the sound of his voice will resonate in all of our memories forever. RIP gentle Ben, you have exited the stage, the lights dimmed, the audience applauds your life's performance and we would all love a curtain call but alas there will not be one and we are all saddened.

Mac L. Coker

April 17, 2011 4:03PM


Nick Alexander

April 17, 2011 3:42PM

I grew up listening to Ben Earl...and later worked with him at KVIL. He was one of the nicest people I've ever worked with. In more recent years we would bump into each other at Luby's on Meadow Rd. at Central Expressway (since closed)and enjoy talking about "the good old days". He was a sweet and gentle man and he will be missed. R.I.P.

Joyce "PJ" Vitruk

April 17, 2011 3:27PM

I will miss you so my dear, dear friend. Your e-mails, telephone calls, and "that voice" were so
welcome. Those good old radio days
knowing you were the best! Luv
foreverly Ben, Joyce V.

John & Lynette Bagley

April 17, 2011 3:25PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. We went to school with Ben and he was a terrific guy.

Larry Graham (Alexander)

April 17, 2011 1:59PM

Rest In Peace, my long-time friend.

My sincere condolences to Ben's family and his other friends.

Patricia Martin

April 17, 2011 12:17PM

Ben was always a total class act! Everyone who knew him, loved him. We will see you or "hear" you in the great beyond one day.. laughing and telling us how to get there and what the traffic is like on the way... we will all miss you very, very much.

Joy Maness Mallicote

April 17, 2011 12:13PM

Ben and I grew up together in a small town in East Texas. We have stayed in contact over the years and I will truly miss him. He was a good friend and a good guy. RIP my friend.

Jay Cresswell

April 17, 2011 11:54AM

I was lucky to have known and worked with such a "Prince" of a man.

Peter Zolnowski

April 17, 2011 11:54AM

Rest in peace, Ben. You were truly a pro with a sound that commanded attention. And all that was enclosed in a great guy.

Lil John

April 17, 2011 10:10AM

Enjoyed working with you during the times we had. Rest will be missed.

Lee Salzberger

April 17, 2011 7:59AM

Mitch Carr

April 17, 2011 7:12AM

My memories of "Ben Earl" will always be fond ones. RIP, my friend.

Jonathan Hayes

April 17, 2011 6:03AM

Ben was a great friend and mentor. In 41+ years of radio I NEVER met a nicer more well respected person. He will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.