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Carmen Anne Bennett

Tyler, Texas

Nov 9, 1939 – Sep 16, 2020 (Age 80)


November 9, 1939
September 16, 2020
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Carmen Anne Haley Curry Bennett passed from her earthly home to her Heavenly Home at 2346, September 15. 2020. Happy reunion! Mrs. Bennett had voiced she wanted to be Home by her deceased son’s birthday, September 15. Paul Shelby Bennett greeted her.

Carmen Anne was born, November 9, 1939 in Iron Bluff, TX. (Lone Star, TX.) Hugh and Betty (Haley) Curry were her parents. Carmen Anne was an only child and grew up enjoying a modest but graced life.

Her childhood was blessed with memories of playing in an elaborate play-doll house her father built for her. She grew up in a small home her Father had built for the family. Tall Pine trees circled the home. Carmen Anne’s maternal grandfather, Martin Haley, owned the local country store and Carmen Anne had free access to the small store.

Carmen Anne graduated Daingerfield Highschool and attended Business College in Tyler, TX.

In 1958, Carmen Anne met Wiley Shelby Bennett. They married and bought a home on Martha Street in Tyler, TX. Wiley S. Bennett was an air-traffic controller at Pounds Field and Mrs. Bennett was a HOME-MAKER AND MOTHER. Martin Curry, Laurie Anne, and Paul Shelby completed the family by 1965.

Mrs. Bennett was a Christian and the family attended Central Baptist Church, Tyler; South Broadway Baptist, Tyler. Mrs. Bennett taught Sunday School. She also was actively involved in summer Vacation Bible School programs. Carmen Anne made friends easily and loved to host Sunday night fellowships after church.

1977, Bennett family relocated to DeSoto, TX. Mrs. Bennett began to teach Home-making at Brookhollow Christian School. She loved teaching and encouraged students to be excellent in details and hospitality.

1982, Wiley Bennett became lead Pastor at Woodland Hills Baptist Church, Tyler, TX. Mrs. Bennett flourished as First Lady of the small congregation. Her administrative skills and creative talents helped to minister and form the church into a vibrant community. Pastor Wiley S. Bennett and Mrs. Bennett loved their ministry and the 27 years  serving at WHB were productive and fruitful. Mrs. Bennett continued to teach in the Christian school and Sunday school. Her Christian Ministry extended to shepherding over 100 foreign missionaries all around the world. She would compose letters and faithfully assure financial support was sent monthly. Mrs. Bennett carried this church responsibility until her death.

2011, Pastor Wiley Bennett passed and Mrs. Bennett began the adventure of Widow and Matriarch. She continued to serve Woodland Hills Baptist Church and minister to friends who needed help. She traveled with friends to Goodwill stores, estate sales, garage sales. Mrs. Bennett loved spending time with her children, grand-children, great grand-children. She also shared frequent birthday jaunts with Cousins.

Carmen Anne Bennett wrote and published two books on her family genealogy: Traveling through Time with Our Bennett Family and The Whitten Family. She loved history. She loved Patriotism. She loved the King James Version of the Bible. She loved a GOOD DEEP CONVERSATION about current events and historical matters.  With her knowledge and Wisdom, she mentored many younger people.

Carmen Anne Bennett created a lovely home. She hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Birthday celebrations honoring her beloved Family. She is preceded in death by Hugh and Betty Curry, Wiley S. Bennett, Paul S. Bennett. She is survived by Martin Curry Bennett and Laurie Anne Tuttle. Grandchildren: Katie Marie Dotson, Curry Joe Bennett and Matthew Dane Tuttle; Great-grandchildren: Kaitlin Dotson and Courtney Dotson and Riley Elizabeth Bennett; numerous cousins and people who she adopted as FAMILY.

Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

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Thank you Pam for posting Carmen’s obit. She was like my older sister since we were both only children. I got to go on many trip to Tyler with Aunt Betty and got to spend a week with Carmen and Family just about every summer. Wylie led me to Christ., at their home in Tyler on Martha street. Carmen and Wylie got married on my birthday, May24th. On my 16th birthday they drove up to Lone Star and took me and my boyfriend to eat at El Chico- wasn’t that sweet? I always felt loved by Wylie and...

I love you Mrs. Bennett. You will be missed by many. I know you are rejoicing with so many wonderful loved ones.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. We loved the Bennett family so much. She will be missed here but is in her Heavenly home now.

Thinking of all the times we had those early morning telephone conversations. Sharing all of yesterday's news. I'll never forget you.

A wonderful Mother-In-Law as well as Ex-Mother-In-Law. Appreciated all of the Love and Kindness she shared with me and my family during the years.

Group of 10 Memorial Trees

Thrift Store shopping spree!

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You will be missed, my dear friend and mentor.