Thomas Heyward "Tom" Bennett
1940 - 2021
BORN
1940
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park
845 Leesburg Rd
Columbia, SC
Thomas "Tom" Heyward Bennett
June 25, 1940 - September 13, 2021
West Columbia, South Carolina - Thomas "Tom" Heyward Bennett, 81, of West Columbia, SC, died peacefully at home with his loving wife, Linda Lytle Bennett, by his side, on September 13, 2021.
Tom was born on June 25, 1940, in Columbia, SC. He was the only child of the late Thomas Gill and Sarah Elizabeth Brazelle Bennett. Tom grew up in his beloved Columbia and attended Dreher High School, graduating in 1958. Tom enjoyed music and played in the Dreher High School Band, the University of South Carolina Marching Band, and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He also served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, where he was awarded his Platoon's Outstanding Man award.
Tom's early professional career included working at DHEC, and then managing several of the old Main Street theatres in Columbia, including the Fox Theatre. However, his true passion was using his creativity and gift of communication to work in advertising with The State newspaper, other publications, and many of the Columbia area local radio stations, including the well-known WCOS, WXAP, WZLD, and WNOK. Tom's quick wit and amazing memory greatly helped him succeed in his professional career. Tom found joy in talking with anyone with whom he crossed paths and was well liked by everyone he met.
Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years, Linda Lytle Bennett; two children, Thomas "Ty" Heyward Bennett, Jr. (Hollie) of Rock Hill, SC, and Elizabeth "Beth" Bennett-Jordan (Andy) of West Columbia, SC; five grandchildren: Jordan, Addison, and Cason Bennett, John and Kristen Jordan; and three great grandchildren: Stan and Nicole Smith, and Paige Shealy.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Tom's caregiver, La'Coshia "CoCo" Jones, for her dedication and caring for Tom during his last months at home.
Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 PM before the service, with the burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the National Parkinson's Foundation.


Published by The State on Sep. 15, 2021.
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Sep
16
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12:00p.m.
Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park
845 Leesburg Rd, Columbia, SC
Sep
16
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1:00p.m.
Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park
845 Leesburg Rd, Columbia, SC
Sep
16
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845 Leesburg Rd, Columbia, SC
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Linda, Beth and family: We were so sad to hear of Tom's passing. We remember your friendship as neighbors and pray that the Lord will comfort and sustain you during this time.
Craig and Julie Houston
Friend
September 22, 2021
I want forget Thomas Bennett. We went to Dreher High School, and we were in the Marine Corps together, ( Semper Fidelis , Always Faithful) He was a good person, I will keep the Family in my prayers. Keep the Family in my prayers.
William Ouzts
Friend
September 15, 2021
Tom as my first boss at the Ritz theater in Columbia beginning in 1963 until I was drafted into the Army in 1967. Over that 4 years we became close friends. Tom had an amazing personality and he related to people as well as anyone else I have known in my 73 years. He had an positive impact on my life and has occupied a warm spot in my memory. Having moved from Columbia over 30 years ago I had not heard anything about Tom during that time and now hearing of his passing I feel a personal sense of loss. To his family please take take solace In the knowledge Tom lived a life which made a positive different in the lives of others who you do not know.
Jesse "Rip" Blanchard
Work
September 15, 2021
So sorry Linda for the loss of your dear, sweet and loved husband. Prayers for you as you adjust to life without Tom. You can do it. Love you.
JoAnn Hanks
Friend
September 14, 2021
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