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Ambrose L "A L" Bennett, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1924
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 2008
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

He was the son of Pleasant Lafayette Bennett.
Tulsa World, Thursday, June 26, 2008
BENNETT - A.L., Sr., died Wednesday morning June 25th at home. He was born February 20, 1924, to Bess and Pleas Bennett in Heavener, OK. His early years were spent in Oklahoma and East Texas. He attended high school in Holdenville, OK where he helped lead his basketball team to the state Championship in 1942. He received an invitation from Mr. Iba, at Oklahoma A&M, to try out for the basketball team. This began a lifetime love and commitment to Oklahoma State University. After his freshman year, A.L. volunteered for the army and was sent to Eastern Kentucky State University for a ASTP training. It was there that he met the love of his life, Blanche Napier. At the time of his death they were married for 64 years and together enjoyed family and friends. A.L. was assigned to the 14th Armored Division serving under General George Patton He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, at which time he was wounded, earning him the Purple Heart. He served as platoon leader in the 19th Armored Infantry. After World War II, he and Blanche returned to Oklahoma A&M where he was a starter on the 1946 NCAA Championship team. He was subsequently named an All American in 1946 and 1947 and also chosen as the captain of the West All Star team in the East/West All Star game of 1947. After graduation, A.L. turned down several pro basketball offers, electing to follow his good friend, Bob Kurland, to play for the Phillips 66ers, an AAU team. A.L. worked for Phillips 66 Petroleum for 18 years. He retired after 18 1/2 years as Vice President of Williams Pipeline Company in Tulsa, OK. A.L. and Blanche traveled extensively, enjoying friends and golf. A.L. will be remembered as a great man who was extremely fair to everyone. He had the ability to take a problem and calmly and efficiently solve it, according to a co-worker who added "I have never seen him lose his temper". He was particularly known for his wit and humor, as well as his generosity and compassion for others. A.L. was on the planning committee of O.S.U.'s Gallagher -Iba Arena renovation, was often asked to be involved in selection of OSU basketball coaches, was inducted into the O.S.U. Hall of Honor, was chosen by Bill Connors, late sports editor of the Tulsa World, as one of the 6 most outstanding players of the Mr. Iba era. He continued a strong relationship with Mr. Iba throughout his life, and served as an honorary pall bearer at his funeral. A.L.'s spiritual beliefs were a guiding part of his life. He particularly enjoyed God's blessings through nature and children. Over The years, A.L. taught Sunday School, was a deacon, was chairman of the church building committee and served as a church board member. He will always be held close in The hearts of his family, who will appreciation of life. (bio by: Ray ) 
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  Pleas Lafayette Bennett (1897 - 1974)
  Bessie L Bennett (1902 - 1964)
  Blanche Napier Bennett (1923 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section 46, Lot 82, Space 4
Created by: Red
Record added: May 17, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 129947052
Ambrose L A L Bennett, Sr
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Ambrose L A L Bennett, Sr
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Ambrose L A L Bennett, Sr
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 Added: May. 17, 2014

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