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 Percy Bennett

Percy Bennett

Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Death 16 Dec 1968 (aged 60)
Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Abraham, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 21382761 · View Source
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Percy Bennett was born on 19 March 1908 in Pear, Raleigh County, W.Va., a son of Samuel A. Bennett and wife Victoria Plumley. Percy died on 16 Dec 1968 in his home at Abraham, Raleigh County.

Percy was one of 15 children. None of the children of Samuel Adams Bennett and wife Victoria Plumley of Raleigh County, W.Va., had middle names, according to a granddaughter. Mrs. Bennett said that with so many children she didn't have time to come up with a first name and a middle name.

According to list written by Percy's sister Maye Bennett Richmond, her parents had 15 children -- a set of twins and two infants who died at birth or shortly after, gender not specified; seven sons, Elgie, Dorsey, Nelson (who died at age 2), Percy, Fred, Frank and Elmer; and four daughters: Virgie, Effie, Minnie, and Maye.

In 1933, Percy married Nina Arabell Vest, daughter of Leonard Haliburton Vest and wife Emma Stella Gadd of White Oak Mountain, W.Va. After Percy's death Nina married Lafon Reese Worley. Nina died 27 Apr 2003 in Raleigh County, W.Va.

Nina and Percy raised a daughter, Norma, and two foster sons, Terry and Vincent. Omar Terry Plumley, 62, died on 12 Nov 2003 in Georgia after a wreck. Vincent George "Vinnie" Plumley died on 27 Mar 2010 in Texas.

Percy and Nina's marriage was one of five Abraham/White Oak Mountain unions around that time. Five cousins from White Oak Mountain – Nina, Verna and Golda Vest and Earl and Jessie Richmond – married five Abraham residents: four Bennett siblings and a friend, Earl Smith. The couples were Percy Bennett and Nina Vest; Fred Bennett and Verna Vest; Maye Bennett and Earl Richmond; Minnie Bennett and Jessie Richmond; and Earl George Smith and Golda Vest.

Percy was a big man – blond with blue eyes. Percy Bennett and Earl Smith were friends and because of their relative size, people called them "Mutt and Jeff," after some comic strip characters.

He was a farmer and worked in the timber industry as a tree-feller. He was a member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and served as Sunday School superintendent.

His daughter remembers, "My dad helped people cut their wood or do whatever was needed without asking for money. Babies loved him and he loved all children."

He was survived by wife Nina, daughter Norma, sons Vincent and Terry, brothers Fred and Dorsey Bennett, and sisters Effie Bennett, Minnie Bennett Richmond and Maye Bennett Richmond.

Burial was in the New Salem Missionary Baptist cemetery in Abraham.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 21382761
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Bennett (19 Mar 1908–16 Dec 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21382761, citing New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Abraham, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by E.M. Smith (contributor 47134804) .