Benjamin “Ben” T. Vincent, 61, of Heaters, left this earth to be with the Lord on April 4, 2018, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital following a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was the CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital, in Gassaway. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Executives.
Ben was born in Petersburg, Va., and was raised in Emporia, Va. He was the son of B. Stuart and Jean M. Vincent.
Ben was a 1979 graduate of the University of Richmond, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He was a Wicker Foundation Award recipient during his sophomore year, and a member of ODK. He was a 1989 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a Masters of healthcare administration degree.
Prior to moving to Braxton County, Ben and his wife, Cynthia, lived many years at Lake Gaston, in Ebony, Va., where he was the assistant vice president of Surgical and Ambulatory Services at Halifax Regional Hospital, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
He was very active with the Boy Scouts of America. His youth accomplishments and awards include Eagle Scout, God and Country Award and Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow. His adult accomplishments and awards include James E. West Fellow, NOAC advisor, Supreme Chief’s Award, Founder’s Award, United Methodist Scouters Committee Torch Award, District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award. Ben served on the Mountaineer Area Boy Scout Council Executive Board as treasurer.
His professional activities over the years include being a West Virginia Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives board member, West Virginia Hospital Association board member, West Virginia Critical Access Hospital Network, Partners in Health Network board member, Braxton Gilmer Technology Research Zone board member and West Virginia Licensed Practical Nurse board member. He was the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award.
He was a member of Gassaway United Methodist Church, where he served as lay worship leader. He also served on the West Virginia United Methodist Foundation as treasurer.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia Talbott Vincent, of Heaters. He is also survived by his parents, B. Stuart and Jean M. Vincent, of Franklin, Va.; sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Kevin) Early, of Bridgewater, Va.; mother-in-law, Betty F. Talbott, of Buckhannon; brother-in-law, Brett L. (Renee) Talbott, of Buckhannon; two nephews, Emerson R. Talbott, of Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho, and Matthew Fox, of Morgantown; and two nieces, Macey Early and Molly Early, both of Bridgewater.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, B. L. Rusty Talbott.
Visitation will be held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, in Gassaway, from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Services will be held at Gassaway United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Jim Malick officiating.
An additional service will be held at Prospect United Methodist Church, in Ebony, Va., at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9, with visitation an hour before the service. Ben will be interred at Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Ebony.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ben’s memory to Braxton County Memorial Hospital Foundation, c/o Administration, 100 Hoylman Drive, Gassaway, WV 26624 or Mountaineer Area Council-BSA, 1831 Speedway Ave., Fairmont, WV 26654.
Arrangements will be handled by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, in Gassaway, and Williams Funeral Home, in Lawrenceville, Va.