Dr. Henry Luther "Lew" Bennett III
1955 - 2021
Dr. Henry "Lew" Luther Bennett III

Henry Luther Bennett III or better known as "Pastor Lew" went home to be with the Lord and receive that beautiful divine accolade, well done. After fighting a five week battle from Covid and countless other complications he passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

He was born in Savannah Georgia on September 10, 1955. Lew was married to his life long partner and Devoted loving wife, Jeanine, For over 41 years. Lew and Jeanine were also teammates in Renegades for Christ. Lew has been a pastor at first Baptist Church of Bassett, Virginia for over 25 years. He has pastored and been a part of plant mission churches for decades. Along with his countless accolades and his life's work from From a masters in pastoral care from Luther Rice seminary, masters in theology from the Oxford school of theology in London, to an earned doctorate in education from south eastern seminary at Wake Forest in North Carolina. He always made it a daily practice to read a portion of scripture each morning along with his favorite devotional guide.

Lew is survived by his wife, Jeanine Bennett; three children, Chip Bennett and wife, Crystal, Emily Stutler and her husband, Robert, Faith Neel and her husband, Anthony; 10 grandchildren. Lew also had eight siblings.

The floating visitation service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at First Baptist Church Of Bassett in Bassett, Virginia at 11:30 a.m. and funeral to follow at 1 p.m. The graveside service will follow the funeral at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to first Baptist Church of Bassett.

Online condolences at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com.

Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, Virginia is respectfully serving the Bennett Family.

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Published by Martinsville Bulletin on Feb. 5, 2021.
First Baptist Church Of Bassett
, Bassett, Virginia
First Baptist Church Of Bassett
, Bassett, Virginia
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Condolences to you and your family Brett. May God bless you all!
Brent Flora
February 12, 2021
Chip, What a good and generous man your father was. Let the memories of your fathers life provide you with the comfort you need during this challenging time. Such a strong man will never truly be gone, for he has left such a loving presence in our hearts. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Regards, Hakim Luqmaan
Hakim Luqmaan
February 9, 2021
Prayers of comfort for all. Love n God keep you safe n his arms.
Renee Gilbert
February 8, 2021
Lew was a great person! I enjoyed talking to him when our paths crossed. The Bassett community lost a great man and a wonderful pastor.
Lee Weaver
February 7, 2021
Jeanine, Emily and all of the family, I am heartbroken with you and for you. Lew loved you and never failed to bring up family when we visited. He loved his church family, too, and spoke of them nearly as often. He was larger than life, surely leaving family with a gaping loss, one that must seem impossible to endure at this time. It is difficult to imagine your grief; I would never suggest that I know how you must feel. Just know that I am grieving with you and for you, and certainly not for Lew at this time, as he is most surely now perfectly healed. Lew and I were instant friends, and I soon realized this genuine, accessible nature among his gifts, no doubt among the reasons he was so fitted for his call to ministry. He always made me laugh, at least once; and then his own laugh was itself contagious. He also had a gift for `instructive sarcasm,´ a gift for correcting those in error, leaving them laughing at themselves, a great way to learn; what a gift. He could be just earthy enough - for a Baptist pastor - without crossing the line. He could turn conversation on a dime from fun to serious, a gift for timing. Equally healing were his kind face and truly beautiful voice. A great mind, a well-educated man - never one to lord it over you, a heart for God and people, a servant spirit, a joy. In talking with Chip earlier this week, it became clear the extent to which Lew fought and gave his best effort to stay with us; always the work ethic of a farmer. Jeanine, Lew never overlooked the opportunity at every visit to speak his love and gratitude and respect for you; more than once he voiced total awareness that he "married up." You complemented him and fulfilled him, as he did you. He also felt you compensated for him, what a thought, especially for a man. I think it´s true. I think of Crystal as Lew thought of you. We men, for all our bluster, are downright pitiful. Wise men know women are the superior sex; that affirmation has been consistent with my thirty years of practice. Lew was a better patient than most men, keeping appointments and following recommendations, well, mostly. Like I said, better than most men. Like I said, we men are pitiful. Perhaps it´s not my place to say it, yet I´m compelled to consider out loud that it´s better that Lew passed first. Men don´t do nearly so well with grief of this magnitude. I´m a little angry with God that Lew was taken so soon, though, far too early, I think. But God´s rather big and can certainly field any lob we throw his (or her) way. God knows best. God has a plan. You know this. As you said in my office one day, "We´re just passing through." The days will be longer for the foreseeable future, but the years will continue to pass quickly, and every single moment will bring you closer to a most glorious reunion with your Lew. This is a fitting and truthful way to think of time, otherwise sometimes very difficult to consider the gift that it is, and still you know in your heart of hearts that God yet has great things in store for your earthly years, even this day. Emily, I can likewise personally attest to your dad´s love for you, because he told me, and because I too am blessed to know the gift of a daughter. He loved Robert, too, and he respected you both. I love and respect you both. You dad is cheering you on, even as I write. Lew had a gift for being in the right place at the right time. Jeanine, some time I´ll share with you the miracle of my last encounter with him in March, 2019. I regret not knowing all the family. One day, though. God knows when. Love and deepest sympathy to each one. +grace and peace+ John W. Priddy MD
John W. Priddy, MD
February 7, 2021
Condolences to his family, friends and church family. Prayers for all. Pastor Lew was such an inspiration to so many of us.
Mary Hurd
February 7, 2021
Greg and I are devastated at the passing of Pastor Lew. Our family adored him. And though it has been many years since we had last seen him, our family has such fond memories of him, and would speak of him and the family often. I can attest to his godliness, as before he married us (8-17-96), we went through marriage counseling using the book "His Needs Her Needs", the Bible, & he would pray for us each week leading up to our wedding. You would never know he had such impressive theological credentials by his down to earth unpretentious manner. He was so open & transparent in all he did, a truly honest person. I loved Pastor Lew's voice. We loved his sermons & the humor he injected into them. His laugh was so infectious! We used to think of Lew & Jeanine as a "power couple" & that Jeanine should be a politician the way she could work her way through the sanctuary making people feel welcome & shaking hands. To Jeanine, and the children, we grieve with you and are lifting your family up in prayer.
Mary Krippendorf Keene
February 6, 2021
Sorry to hear of Lew´s passing! When working for ADT years ago Lew, Tom, Steve and my brother Michael Sanderson were one! I was a waitress at the Pancake House and looked forward to seeing these smiling faces every morning for breakfast! An awesome crew from ADT and they were always so funny! Lew always had a smile on his face...a very kind gentleman! I am sad to hear of his passing...our family "Mike and Donna" has lost a great friend...but we also know when Lew closed his eyes on earth he opened them before his Lord and Savior...Jesus Christ! Blessings to his family and RIP Lew Bennett! I will never forget you and the team from ADT!
Donna Sanderson Davidson
February 6, 2021
Chip, Sherry & I are so sorry to hear of your Dad´s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim Lewey
February 6, 2021
Jeanine, Our love and prayers to you and your family.
Christopher and Janet (LaLonde) Mears
February 6, 2021
We would like to offer our heart felt sympathy to Lew´s family. He was a wonderful pastor and gentlemen. We first got to know him at Salem Baptist church where Eric`s parents went for many years, Al and Gaynelle Jones. They loved Your whole family and thought he was a wonderful pastor. We live in Martinsville now and have seen him at events like the Good News Jail Ministry fundraiser dinner. We are so sorry for what he had to go through and for your deep loss. May God comfort you in your grieving and give you peace. Susan and Eric Jones
Eric and Susan Jones
February 6, 2021
God bless the family! He was such a wonderful loving man and a great inspiration to all
Ron Obenchain
February 6, 2021
So sorry for the passing of Pastor Lew. I have been knowing Pastor Lew many years since I have family and friends attending his congregation. He loved the Lord! He will be missed always. Praying for you.
Gail Lenviel Boaz
February 6, 2021
My deepest prayers go out to your family! My Dad(Bill Woods) and step-mother( Thelma Woods) both went to Pastor "Lew's" Church until they both passed away.He was a Faithful and Dedicated man of God that will surely be missed!
Joan Barbour
February 6, 2021
Lew was a great colleague and friend. We at Chatham Heights will lift you all in our prayers for God´s Grace.
Dr Mike Hatfield
February 6, 2021
Praying for the Comforter to give His peace.
Pastor Gary and Linda Butcher
February 6, 2021
I remember our good brother Lew when we served togetherat Roanoke Valley Christian schools. A good brother and friend, sorry I will be unable to make this service as I have another funeral at this same time. Blessings to the family.
A C Hollins Jr
February 6, 2021
What a loss to our community and to the vast circle of friends who loved Lew and thrived under his Christian influence. Always uplifting, you never left his presence without a smile on your face and your heart as well. Lew is a friend and I will miss him. May God bless his family, his church and his friends.
George Hearn
February 5, 2021
One of the finest individuals I have ever met...always enjoyed sitting in his study before a funeral service and sharing about our faith and life's journey...his love for our Lord always front and center...always a kind word
Bob Burger
February 5, 2021