RICHBURG – Mr. John Newton Bennett Jr., 75, passed on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
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Funeral services were 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Union ARP Church. The Rev. Neely Gaston and Dr. Huey Mills officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the fellowship hall of Union ARP Church.
Mr. Bennett was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Spartanburg, the son of the late John Newton Bennett Sr. and Mary Melton Bennett. He was a 1956 graduate of Lewisville High School, where he was a member of the school's first football team.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wofford College in 1960. Mr. Bennett retired from Bowater as a purchasing manager after 28 years of service.
He was a lifelong member of Union ARP Church where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher.
Mr. Bennett is survived by a daughter, Jane Gaston and husband, Strait, of Lancaster; three sons, Andy Bennett and wife, Sandy, of Chester, Mark Bennett and wife, Debbie, of Richburg, and Brad Bennett and his companion, Sybil Gregory of Fort Lawn; seven grandchildren, Michelle O'Donnell, Ginny St. Claire, Will Gaston, Elizabeth Gaston, James Newton Bennett, John Mark Bennett and Delaney Ann Bennett; and three great-grandchildren, Kayley O'Donnell, David Freeman and William O'Donnell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Gibson Bennett.
Memorials may be made to Union ARP Church General Fund, c/o David McCain, 1254 Silverbrook Road, Richburg, SC 29729.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.barronfuneralhome.com.
Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home
26 Underwood Ave. Great Falls, SC 29055
Published in The Lancaster News on Jan. 8, 2014