John Albert Bennett, Sr., 59, was called to his eternal resting place on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home. Born in Rembert (Sumter County) on June 6, 1953, he was the son of the late Frank Bennett, Jr. and Georgia Page Outlaw. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Hillcrest High School, Class of 1973. At an early age, he joined the Grant Hill Baptist Church, where he remained a faithful member until his death. He was an active member of the Senior Usher Board until his health failed.
On June 30, 1974, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Evelyn Patricia Johnson Bennett. To this union four children were born.
John was employed at Campbell Soup Company for 17 years and retired from Pilgrim’s Pride in 2009.
Those surviving to cherish his fond memories are: his loving wife, Evelyn; four children, John (Catina) Bennett, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Yolanda L. Bennett of Orangeburg, Kelvin Bennett and Jeremy Bennett, both of Columbia; one grandson, Amare Bennett of Charlotte, NC; four brothers, Douglas Bennett of Greenville, Darlyn Bennett of Hampton, VA, Lawyer Deas of Boston, MA, and William Outlaw of Marion County; six sisters, Florine (Cleveland) Scott of Mullins, Lucille Woodberry and Lubertha Bradley, both of Sumter, Felicia Boone and Carolyn Lewis of Hampton, VA and Priscilla Outlaw of Marion County; a father and mother-in-law, James and Eva Johnson of Sumter; four brothers-in-law, Robert (Willie Mae), James, William T. (Karen), and Alexander Johnson, all of Sumter; two sisters-in-law, Eva Johnson of Columbia and Alvina Johnson of Charlotte, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Friday, March 22, 2013 from the Grant Hill Baptist Church, 5405 Black River Road, Rembert, with the Reverend Clifton N. Witherspoon, pastor, eulogist, the Rev. Durant Jenkins, presiding, assisted by the Rev. William Jefferson, Rev. Henry Bradley, Rev. W. T. Johnson, and Minister Jake Sanders.
The family will receive friends at the home, 4120 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family, friends and Hillcrest High School Class of 1973.
Burial will be in the Grant Hill Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Rembert.