Benny Harris Teafatiller

Benny Harris Teafatiller
Benny Harris Teafatiller

Benny Harris Teafatiller, of Amarillo Texas, age 60, died on Monday January 13th, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m.,  Friday, January 17th, 2020 at Messiahs House Church. Funeral arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

He was born on January 13th, 1960 in Tulia, Texas to Dois and Jo Ann Teafatiller. Benny graduated high school from Tulia High School in 1978. He was a graduate of West Texas A&M University where he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Benny went on to work for over 35 years in the banking industry. Before his passing Benny worked as an Executive Vice President of Happy State Bank and was the Senior Lender Officer. He was a loving husband to his wife Michelle Teafatiller for 35 years, he was also a loving father to three children. Benny was also a grandfather to two. Benny was an avid golfer and spent majority of his free time out on the golf course. He was also a craftsman and enjoyed wood working and building furniture. A favorite hobby of his was enjoying a good cigar.

Benny is survived by wife Michelle Teafatiller of Amarillo TX; children Tanay Teafatiller, Tye Teafatiller and Devin Teafatiller of Amarillo TX; grandchildren Teagen McKinin and Jaeda Villegas; brothers Barry Teafatiller and wife Wanda Teafatiller of Edmonson TX, Button Teafatiller and wife Jenny Teafatiller of Littlefield TX; sister Karen Howard of Amarillo TX; niece Jada Teafatiller of Amarillo TX; nephews Aaron Teafatiller and wife Kendra Teafatiller, Tanner Teafatiller of Lubbock TX, Colby Teafatiller and wife Shandel Teafatiller of Colorado Springs, CO; and one great nephew.

Flowers can be sent to Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79109 or contributions to Faith City Mission, 401 SE 2nd Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101.

“Benny was my little brother, a constant in my life, someone who would always be there. I watched him grow, graduate, marry, and become a father.

I was always so proud of him and took great pride in his successes. I always valued the time we spent together, and over time he became more than my brother, he became my friend.

Today I had to say goodbye to my brother, but also to my friend. I know I will never be quite the same, but I hope and pray that his loss will make me a better person as he now watches over me.

Good bye little brother.”



13 Replies to “Benny Harris Teafatiller”

  1. I first met Benny in college when I became a member of Phi Delta Theta. I was privileged a few years later to work with Benny at the OCC. Both as a fraternity brother and co-worker Benny was always supportive and great to be around. His unforgettable laugh will always be remembered.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Benny’s passing. The Teafatiller family was loved by all in Tulia. Prayers to Barry, Buttons and Karen.

  3. I never heard Benny said anything negative about anyone, always easygoing, always smiling, and that is how I will remember you Benny,. To the family I pray the Lord wraps his loving arms around you and gives you peace. Rest In Peace my friend and former classmate.

  4. Benny came to our bank in Guymon many years ago. He was always friendly, and a good examiner. Sorry to hear he is gone too soon.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the entire family and all his friends.
    Benny was a classmate/ great friend all through my years in Tulia and West Texas State University. He was always so kind hearted and a truly good guy.
    God bless you all and may he have eternal peace

    Debra (Blankenship) Timmons

  6. Benny was a classmate and a great friend. He will be missed.

    May you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Peace, Prayers and Blessings,

  7. I worked with Benny in Amarillo in the late 80’s. He was a dedicated and skilled colleague, and I learned a lot from him. I have fond memories of him and Michelle. My deepest sympathies to Michelle and the rest of the family. Rest In Peace, Benny.

  8. My thoughts and prayers go out to Benny’s family during this time of sorrow and loss.

    Benny and I started our careers at the OCC about the same time, and went through many training sessions together over the years. I remember his quick smile, contagious laugh, and “good old boy” friendliness.

    It had been years since I last saw him, but he hadn’t changed a bit…and that was a very good thing. Shocked by his early departure from these earthly bounds, but not forgotten.

  9. Benny and I worked together at the OCC during the 1980’s and both of us got our first managerial jobs at the OCC about the same time in early 1990’s.

    I always enjoyed my time at OCC exams, schools, and management meetings with Benny. His great sense of humor made him fun to be around and share some good laughs.

    It had been years since we had come across each other but I did have a chance to see him at a conference held at TIB about 15-18 months ago. It was great seeing him and catching up on his family. He was a proud father and grandfather, glad to be back in Amarillo, and seemed quite content with his present position.

    He will definitely be missed and I am so sorry for his family. Taken too young and too soon.

  10. God’s peace & comfort for you all. My prayers are with you. So sorry for your great loss.

    Love & Hugs,

    Susan Fenberg

  11. Ben is a much loved son-in-law who will be greatly missed. A good husband and provider to his wife and family. A hard worker who accomplished so much in a short time. Always there when we needed him. So glad he was in our life. Love you and will see you again. Kathy & Dale

  12. My deepest condolences to your family in this time of great loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

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