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Deacon Willie N. Bennett

Death 30 May 2013 (aged 60)
Burial Rembert, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 111813224 · View Source
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After a long illness, Deacon Willie N. Bennett transitioned this life on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 28, 1953, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Willie and Sally Bennett. After his mother passed, he was adopted by the late Rev. Alfred and Alice Glover.

"Jimmy" or "Blah," as he was affectionately called, attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Lincoln High School Class of 1971. He was very active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Willie worked as the sound manager for the Brown Ashe Band for several years. He was the assistant director and counselor for the Ruth and Eckerd Wilderness Camp in Newport, N.C. He was a juvenile counselor for Job Corp in Edison, N.J. When he relocated to Norfolk, Va., he continued working with the juvenile department and later began working for the Norfolk International Airport security department.

Willie joined Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ in Chesapeake, Va., with his family. He later joined Word of Truth Ministries, where he became the lead media tech for the church. Willie became an ordained deacon in 1994 at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, N.C. In 1995, he joined Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church, Norfolk, with his family and continued his passion of working in the sound and media ministry.

After returning to South Carolina, he attended Dalzell United Methodist Church, where he participated in the men's fellowship, Sunday school and worship services. He later joined Faith Baptist Church, Sumter, where he was a faithful member. He was also very active with the Class of 1971 and Northside Neighborhood Association.

Willie leaves to cherish his memories: his daughters, Jene' Chapman (Jonathan) of Norfolk and Nichelle Storr (Joey) of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandsons, Romeo and David; one sister, Shirley Grant of Dalzell; three brothers, Harry Bennett (H. Yetta) of Plainfield, N.J., Elijah Grant (Lillie) of Sumter, and Richard Glover (Carolyn) of Maryland; a close cousin who grew up in the Glover home with him, Catherine Cane of Trenton, N.J.; two loving aunts, Pauline S. James (Fred) of Rembert and Maggie Anderson of Sumter; two uncles, Elijah and William Skinner, both of Sumter; one goddaughter, Mya Swindell of Virginia Beach, Va.; a dear and close cousin, the Rev. Frank Williams Jr.; best friends, Charles and Gwen "Birdie" Clyburn, Wilbert Robbins and Hammie of Queens, N.Y.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and adopted parents.

Funeral services: Faith Baptist Church, John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Frank Williams Jr., pastor, presiding, and Minister Jonathan Chapman, eulogist.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of his sister, Shirley Grant, 3335 Annie St., Dalzell.

Burial: Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, U.S. 521 North, Rembert.




  • Created by: Mary Lesesne
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111813224
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Deacon Willie N. Bennett (28 Jan 1953–30 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111813224, citing Mount Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Rembert, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Mary Lesesne (contributor 47874668) .