April 16, 1922 - November 10, 2011 JONES Tony Bennett, 89, passed away on November 10, 2011 in Jones, OK, after several years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease and congestive heart failure. Tony was born April 16, 1922 in Jones, OK. Tony was the son of Legro Blaine & Murnie Lee (Nation) Bennett. He accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized at 11 years. After enlisting in the Merchant Marines in 1942, Tony served six years before returning home to Jones, where he met and married Exie Choate on June 22, 1947 in Oklahoma City. Tony continued to serve his country by serving six years in the Naval Reserves while also working for the State of Oklahoma Corps of Engineers until he took a position with Commercial Union Assurance Company. Tony retired from Commercial Union Assurance Company after 30 years; he and Exie returned to Jones, OK in 1989. Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 61 years, Exie; his sister, Carmen Clutter; and his great-grandson, Mikael Xavier Perry. He is survived by brother, Frank Bennett of Palestine, TX; daughter, Carole and Scott Cowan of Jones, OK; grandsons: Rick and Megan Cowan of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Ryan Cowan of McCloud, OK; granddaughter, Robyn Cowan and Corey Perry of Jones, OK; "adopted" grandson, Cameron Perry of Jones, OK; great-grandchildren: Ryleigh and Keira Cowan of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Christian Baca-Cowan of Del City, OK; Gabriel and Aaliyah Perry, and Dasia Smith-Perry of Jones, OK; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011, at the Jones United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 13, 2011