Clark and Bobbie Sue Benton were supposed to be vacationing in a Caribbean island paradise. Instead, they were buried Friday in an overcast and rain-dampened central Kentucky town.

“We’re asking difficult questions,” the Rev. Wayne Galloway said at their funeral, attended by more than 300 people at Calvary Hill Baptist Church. “Why? Why do bad things happen to good people?”

The Bentons, among 49 people killed in the crash of Flight 5191 in Lexington on Sunday, were on their way to Aruba, a 50th birthday present from husband to wife.

Clark Benton was a retired Marine major, and his casket was draped with an American flag. His wife’s casket was covered with pink roses.

“We may not know all the answers,” Galloway said. “But this we do know, God is concerned. He is touched. He is moved by human suffering.”

Galloway remembered the Bentons, members of the Fort Logan Church of Christ in Lincoln County, as Christian servants. The funeral was moved to the larger Baptist church to accommodate the throngs of mourners.

“They loved and respected each other,” Galloway said. “They lived a life of Christianity and they left a legacy for us to follow.”

Bobbie Sue Benton’s brother, Bob Demrow, was among the coroners who helped retrieve victims at the crash site.

Burial was in the small, tree-shaded Buffalo Springs Cemetery on the outskirts of town, where mourning doves were released and a color guard fired a 21-gun military salute.

The start of funerals coincided with a flurry of legal action stemming from the nation’s deadliest airline disaster in five years. Some family members of those killed moved ahead with lawsuits filed in Lexington blaming Comair for the crash.

The commuter jet veered down the wrong runway, struggled to get airborne and crashed in a field before daybreak Sunday. The sole survivor was first officer James Polehinke, whose condition has been upgraded from critical to serious at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Comair 5191 was cleared by the control tower to take off from a 7,000-foot runway, but instead turned onto a 3,500-foot strip of cracked pavement used by small planes.

More than 1,000 people gathered at Southland Christian Church for a memorial service on Friday for Larry Turner, who oversaw the University of Kentucky’s extension service, which has offices in every Kentucky county. Yellow and red flowers from a Kentucky farm decorated his coffin and the area where speakers gave tribute.

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