BENNETT Lawrence Delbert Bennett was born March 8, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Matthew, Sr. and Izola Bennett. He passed away October 19, 2013. He graduated from Lincoln High School in class of 1949, where he was active as an athlete, musician and singer. Upon graduation, he attended Lincoln Junior College. Mr. Bennett married his high school sweetheart, Doris, in 1951. They later celebrated the births of two daughters, Angela and Renee. During his career, Mr. Bennett worked for the U.S. Postal Service until retirement. He was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard for more than 25 years and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He was also a partner with 4- Star Tax Service Enterprises, Inc., which he later acquired and operated under the name Bennett & Associates Tax Consultants until his passing. Mr. Bennett was active in church, civic and social endeavors. He was an early member of Cleveland Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, which later became St. James United Methodist Church, where he was the treasurer for more than 40 years. He was also active in the civil rights movement, helping to register people to vote, attending rallies and going door to door to obtain signatures to place the Kansas City public accommodations ordinance on the ballot to provide equal access to public establishments such as hotels and restaurants. The ordinance passed. Truly a renaissance man in his own right, he has left his impression on all who met him and will be unbearably missed. He leaves to cherish his memory wife Doris Bennett, daughters Angela Bennett and Renee Bennett, grandson Jon Bennett Gray, brother Matthew (June) Bennett, Jr. and a host of nieces and nephews. Service will be at St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne, Kansas City, MO Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12p.m.; visitation from 10a.m. to 12p.m. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the or the Lincoln High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Blood donations can be made to metro area Community Blood Centers in his honor. (Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234).

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Park Lawn Funeral Home
8251 Hillcrest Road Kansas City, MO 64138
(816) 523-1234

Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 24, 2013