Dr. John Benjamin Kissam

  • Born: April 25, 1935
  • Died: November 24, 2019
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630

Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. John Benjamin Kissam, 84, husband of Patricia J. Kissam, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Clemson Downs.

Ben was born in Hilliard, Florida a son of the late Luther C. and Mary Anne Swearingen Kissam. He was a graduate of Clemson where he played football from 1953-57. He earned his Masters and PhD in Entomology from Clemson also. He was a retired Professor of Entomology at Clemson. He was a retired Colonel in the US Army where he served as the Commander of the Clemson and Anderson Units of the SC Army National Guard. He was an avid apple grower and spent much of his free time over the years taking care of his farm in Six Mile, SC.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Alyce Lee Kissam Pastor of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren, Lauren Kalie Pastor and Joshua Tredwell Pastor; and great grand daughter, Harper Elizabeth Pastor.

In addition to his parents, Ben was predeceased by brothers, Luther Clarence Kissam, Jr., Roddy Roberts Kissam and Dr. Edward Bernard Kissam; and sisters, Marva Lee Hughes and Mary Elizabeth Evans.

Memorial services will be 2 PM, Friday, November 29, 2019 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC with Chaplain Jeff Doughty officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

A Graveside Committal service with full military honors will be 1 PM, Monday, December 2, 2019 at M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veteran's Cemetery in Anderson, SC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Bens passing. We served at Fort Hood together and I was Honored to serve as an usher in your wedding. You had a wonderful life with a FINE man.Best to your family

Posted by Paul Riven - Boynton beach,florida, FL - military   April 10, 2020

Your legacy continues to live on through out the South Carolina Army National Guard and Battery C, 2-263 Air Defense Artillery. Our prayers are with the Kissam family.

Posted by Marion Collins - Clemson, SC - Friend   November 28, 2019

So sorry to hear about Ben's passing. He was a great friend and will be missed by all that knew him. Pray that God will be with Pat and the entire family in the days to come. Ray & Gail Collins

Posted by Ray H Collins - Central, SC - Served in the Military together   November 26, 2019

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