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Tuesday, February 02 2021
John Benson Hart

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**Please note the service date and time change**

John Benson Hart passed away February 2, 2021 in his home in Blackstone, VA surrounded by family.  From an early age John had always been a tinkerer, and was known to take things apart, sometimes with the unfortunate result of being unable to put them back together.  In his teens he discovered his passion for Radio and set about creating his own radio station, much to the FCC’s dismay, since at the time he did not have a broadcast license.  Still, he persevered and in time moved to Kenbridge and was able to start his own licensed radio station WPEX FM 90.9.

John also worked at every local radio station in an engineering capacity at one time or another.  His actions enabled stations such as WBBC, WKLV, WVHL, WPZZ, and WDZY to remain on the air, broadcasting sometimes through inclement conditions.  If you have ever turned the radio on to listen for school closings over the last 3 decades, there is a good chance John Hart’s actions made that possible.  The lives of thousands of individuals have been touched by his actions over the years, most without ever knowing the man who made it possible.

He is survived by 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 siblings, though the influence of his actions will be felt by all in Southside Virginia.

Services will be held at Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge on Tuesday, February 16, at 2 p.m.  Due to current world conditions the service will also be held simultaneously at

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