Calvin K. Bennett
North Myrtle Beach
C.K. "Tommy" Bennett, age 75, departed this life Friday, August 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Born in Greenville, NC to the late Kirk Bennett and the late Helen Avery Bennett. He was preceded in death by his sister, JoAnne Bennett. He attended East Carolina University and Washington University, served in the Army National Guard and retired from the construction equipment industry.
Tommy proudly served as an active Mason in SC at Grand Strand Lodge 392 AFM in North Myrtle Beach and he was a past Master in 2011. He was a member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.
Tommy loved his family, pets, and his beach family. As a teen he thoroughly enjoyed being a lifeguard in Ocean Drive, and being at "The Pad". Through the years, he was a member of the OD Shag Club and the OD Pavilion Social & Shag Club. He was recently inducted into the Fayetteville Area Shaggers Hall of Fame.
Devoted husband, father, and "Pop", Tommy is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Gayle Aley Bennett; three daughters, Lisa Bennett Friedland of Gulf Breeze, FL, Kimberly Anne Bennett of North Myrtle Beach, Jan Sizemore and her husband Mark of Fort Mill, SC; seven grandchildren, William Henry Belk IV, Ethan Bennett Friedland, Seth Andrew Friedland, Abigail Elizabeth Friedland, Sarah Helen Friedland, Ashley Anne Bennett, Jeffrey Kirk Barnes; and brother-in-law Carl Aley and wife, Laura.
The family would like to thank Oncology Specialists of Charlotte- Dr. James Boyd & staff for their compassionate care, Coastal Cancer Center-Dr. Holt & staff, and the compassionate staff on PCU2S at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410 6th Ave. South, N. Myrtle Beach on Saturday, August 31st at 2:00 pm, with the Reverend Daryle Bush officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. www.themmrf.org/ <http://www.themmrf.org/> or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle is serving the family.
Published in The Sun News on Aug. 28, 2013