Bennett Maurice Wilson
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NEWPORT NEWS - Bennett Maurice Wilson, 71, departed from his mortal life on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 at his home, in peaceful rest following complications from liver disease. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Bennett was an accomplished actor, director, writer and speaker who appeared on stage in many theatrical performances at Morrison High School (where he also did 'play by play' announcing at many athletic events) and in college. Professionally, Bennett appeared on stage in New York and in New England, as well as in the 'Common Glory' in Williamsburg. After relocating to the Peninsula, Bennett concentrated on family, friends and community, He was a Director and Board Member of the Peninsula Community Theater, a leader in school reunion activities and was instrumental in the Hilton Village rehabilitation campaign and Brandon Heights 4th of July parade. Bennett's tireless efforts have been appreciated by many who knew him as well as others who were aware of his dedication to his community. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin L. Wilson and T. Christine Lee Wilson and leaves to remember him a family including daughters, Christine 'Chris' Wilson of Virginia Beach and Elizabeth 'Betsy' Honard of Richmond; cherished friend, David MacKay of Newport News; a sister, Myra W. Noland and husband, Jack of Newport News; and brothers, Edwin L. Wilson, Jr. and wife, Naomi of Newport News, Rev. Douglas K. Wilson and wife, Ina of Midlothian and Parks M. Wilson of Silver Spring, Md.; as well as three grandchildren, Brian, Joseph and Tyler Honard and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. His family will hold private services for Bennett and will celebrate his life with friends at a later date-as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations to Personal Touch Home Care & Hospice of Va., Inc., 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite #203, Newport News, VA 23606 would be greatly appreciated. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Daily Press from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2006.
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January 4, 2007
Dear Wilson Family and David McKay,

My mother and Bennett's mother were cousins and were extremely close. Bennett and all of his brothers and sister have always been close to our family. I will miss the wonderful parties and the delicious dishes that Bennett always prepared at his dinner and other parties. He was truly a talented person, sharing his talents with our community. We will surely miss Bennett and his sweet home, which was always open and inviting to us. His suffering is now ended and he his with his Maker enjoying the fellowship with those family members who have gone on before. Bennett, may you now rest in peace and we love you.
Elizabeth Beeler
December 16, 2006
My sympathies to family and friends for the loss of a genuinely nice fellow. I knew Bennett in the mid-seventies at Life Insurance Company of Virginia. He was intelligent, humorous, polite and well liked.
Dan Coleman
December 15, 2006
Bennett, we will truly miss your good nature and humor (and also your great parties). You were loved by all and my prayers are with the family and Dave during this difficult time. Keep a watchful eye on us from up above. I'll miss you!
Dawn Stewart
December 15, 2006
Chris, you are a wonderful daughter and I know Bennett appreciated all the time you spent with him over these past several months. I know he looked forward to your Tuesdays together. I truly believe he is counting on you to celebrate his life with only happy memories. He has always wanted you to be happy, so live each day with the same energy of Bennett! My family and I wish you much peace and comfort as you travel through the next few months. We all love you very much!
Constantina, Anastasia, Artemis, Christopher, Chloe, Georgia, Cynthia, Pete, Steve, Nicholas, Daniel, Alexis, Joshua, Astro, Shirley MacLaine, Pyewacket, Kazi, Sushi, Wasabi and all the other four legged angels that watch over you!
Constantina Christie
December 15, 2006
I grew up on Westover Road across the street from the Wilson's in the 1940's and '50's. Bennett was a person I have know my entire life.
My deepest sympathies to the entire Wilson family.
Scott Matthews--Raleigh, NC
Scott Matthews
December 15, 2006
Chris and Betsy, sorry hear about your dad, will be keeping you and your family in my prayer. I have fawn memories of your family.
Love, Ellen
Ellen Snyder Charles
December 15, 2006
My sympathy and prayers to the family and friends. Find comfort in those who love and support you in your time of need. Cherish the memories you hold dear.
Sallie Bennett
December 14, 2006
sorry to hear about the lost of your loved one. May god keep you in peace in this time of need.
jasmine ellis
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