|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1915|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 2011|
North Carolina, USA
Smoky Mountain Times - 28 Dec 2011
Percival Robert Bennett, Jr.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:42 AM EST
Percival Robert Bennett Jr., or "Perby," passed away at Mountain View Nursing Center in Bryson City on Dec. 27, 2011. Born Feb. 15, 1915 in Baltimore while his father was in medical school at the University of Maryland, he lived in and loved Bryson City and Swain County his whole life.
He was preceded in death by parents, Dr. and Mrs. P. R. Bennett, Sr., brother John MacDonald Bennett, and his wife, Evelyn "Tweedy" Bennett.
He is survived by a son, P. R. Bennett III (wife Dianne) of Lenoir, and a daughter, Olivia Bennett Wood (husband Jackson) of West Lafayette, Ind. He is also survived by two grandchildren, P.R. Bennett IV of Lake Toxaway, and Kelly Edmond Bennett II of Valdese; and five great-grandchildren: Ashley, Christopher, Gavin, Karrigan, and Kyndall.
He was a graduate of NC State Fire College - Drill School, and Hemphill Diesel Engineering School in Memphis, Tenn. He also attended UNC at Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force Airborne Engineers in World War II. He owned and operated Bennett's Motor Court in Bryson City for 36 years.
Mr. Bennett was an active volunteer and leader in Western North Carolina, Swain County and Bryson City. He served nine terms as mayor of Bryson City, was a former town clerk and member of Bryson City and Swain County Planning Board.
He was a member of the Bryson City Fire Department for 51 years and served as fire chief for the majority of those years. The Swain County Fire Department building is named in his honor. He was president of the Western N.C. Fireman's Association, member of the Swain County School Board, and a member and elder in the Bryson City Presbyterian Church, treasurer of the Southwestern Planning and Economic Development Commission, and an instructor in the N.C. Community College System.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Bryson City Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Jan. 7. The family will receive guests at the church one hour prior to the service. The burial will be private.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Bryson City Fire Department or the Bryson City Presbyterian Church.
Percival Robert Bennett (1893 - 1952)
Olive P Dowtin Pichler (1894 - 1988)
Evelyn Thelma Tweed Bennett (1908 - 1999)*
Percival Robert Bennett (1915 - 2011)
John Mack Bennett (1917 - 2007)*
Swain Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Created by: George Rogers Park
Record added: Dec 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101611932
John L. Mathis
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