Christopher Barnes Bennett of St. Louis, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2013, at the age of 55. He had a brain tumor and lived longer than most; while constantly bearing a valiant Christian witness to those around him. Chris was born Aug. 29, 1957, in Willamson, W.V., the second son of Chipley and Anne Bennett. The family moved to Valparaiso, Fla., in 1959, and Chris attended local schools, graduating from Niceville High School with honors. He went to Furman University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor's degree in Geology; he later worked toward a master's degree in Geophysics at the University of Texas. He was formerly a geophysist at Arco Oil and Gas and later an environmental geologist at the Savannah River Nuclear Plant. He was currently working as a managing consultant for MasterCard Advisors in O'Fallon, Mo. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church in Des Peres, Mo.
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When he moved to Texas, he met the love of his life, Beverly Luther, and they married on his birthday, Aug. 29, 1986. Their two daughters are Ashley Reid and husband, Dwight, and Heather Davis and husband, Brad. Their grandchildren are Hunter and Hayden Reid and Margaux Davis. Other relatives are a brother, Dr. Chip Bennett, wife, Susan, children, Michael, Daniel, and Anna; and brotherly cousin, Ronnie Napier and wife, Karen; and numerous other loving relatives and friends.
A funeral was held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Chesterfield, Mo. A memorial will be held locally at a later date. Memorials may be made to Missions Committee at Westminster Presbyterian Church or to African Vision of Hope at http://africanvisionofhope.org.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on January 24, 2013