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Benjamin Wayne Ussery

May 11, 1935 ~ April 17, 2024

Benjamin Wayne Ussery of Vero Beach, Florida began his last adventurous journey to his heavenly home on April 17, 2024, to guide and await his beloved wife, Louisa of forty-three years, with an outstretched gentle, loving hand to dance and a warm bright smile.

Benjamin was born in Milan, Georgia to Erasmus and Suzanna Ussery II, where he attended and graduated from a private school for boys. His following education led to a Bachelor of Art degree in economics from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. During law school, Benjamin decided to follow his passion to work for the Boy Scouts of America with the priority to encourage personal development and evolutionary skills in young men, to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Benjamin initiated his career in 1957 in Macon, Georgia with the Boy Scouts of America as the District Executive from 1957-1962; District Executive in Atlanta, Georgia from 1962-1964; Field Director in Columbus, Georgia from 1964-1967; Assistant Scout Executive and Director of Field Service in Cleveland, Ohio from 1967-1971; Council Scout Executive and CEO in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1971-1976; Council Scout Executive and CEO in Columbus, Ohio from 1976-1985; and Council Scout Executive and CEO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1985-1995. He was also affiliated with on the Board of Directors from 1958-1995 with the Rotary Club; the Scout Executive’s Alliance, Chairman, and Board of Trustees; as a Chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force of Youth in Columbus Ohio; Safety Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Board; and as the Chairman of Agency Campaigns for United Way.

The retirement plans after his thirty-eight years were promptly pioneered as Benjamin became an avid traveler with his wife, Louisa. His goal was to humbly explore the world naturally. He especially enjoyed the taste of native foods, drinks, and music. Benjamin would reside in Mexico in the winters, Italy in the summers, and Florida in between.

Living in his legacy are his soulmate, Louisa Ussery; nephew and son: Antonio Brunicardi; children: Steve and Chris Ussery; Cindy and Al Kautz; and Susan Graves and Jeff True; grandchildren: Stephen Ussery; Tara Day; Shawn Ussery; Amber Ussery; and great-grandchildren: Alek and Skyler Ussery; Karol and Chris McVay; Susanna, Evelyn, and Benny McVay; Mary and Matt Saeed; Susie Kautz; Katie Graves; and Robbie Freeborn-Scott along with an abundance of worldwide friends and family.

The grateful support given to Benjamin by exceptional family were provided by niece, Anna Villarreal-Gettel and her husband Steve; and nephew Bradley Brunicardi and his wife Christina.

His friendship, eloquent charm, financial astuteness, assurance, and witty phrases have embedded bountiful memories for our endless happiness.

In honor and appreciation of his lifetime of work, compassion, kindness, and love, donations may be made to The Arc of Indian River, 1375 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida, 32960.


Christina Brunicardi

April 21, 2024, 1:19 am

The commencement of a Celebration of Life is arranged at the First Christian Church of Vero Beach, 1927 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960 on Saturday, April 27 at 4pm.

Mary and Charles Husman

April 24, 2024, 10:45 pm

We will miss Ben’s infectious smile and friendly words of greeting during his morning walks around the community. Rest in peace, Ben.

Sally Ann Schillizzi

April 26, 2024, 12:14 am

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend and fan Ben. We loved watching Ben & Luisa dance to our music and also enjoyed it when they would bring their nephew Tony and we would be sure to play his favorite song Mustang Sally and get him up to dance. Such a loving and friendly couple. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Luisa and the rest of his family. May he RIP.
Marschall Van Doren & Sally Schillizzi
Marschall & Sally

Barbara Cicman, George Hew

April 27, 2024, 7:17 pm

Although we havent known you for a long time, we so enjoyed meeting up with the two of you . We marveled at how in synk you walked together , as you must have in your lives together. Ben certainly was the “champ walker” here in Venezia Estates. Godspeed.

Dorothy Keane

April 28, 2024, 10:37 pm

Dear Louisa, We love you and will miss Ben’s smiling face. We will see that smile again when we get to our eternal home. Oh happy day when we are once again altogether.


April 30, 2024, 2:09 am

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ben. I will miss his smiling face. May be rest in peace.

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