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.
Published in Daily Press from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2006.