Gerald W. “Buddy” Bennett

Gerald W. “Buddy” Bennett

Gerald W. “Buddy” Bennett, 78 of Wilmar, passed away on November 28, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

He was retired from the Drew County Road Department and a carpenter. He built every house his family lived in. He loved his family, hunting and fishing, and he never quit building.

Mr. Bennett was born October 4, 1937 in Drew County and was the son of the late Ben H. Bennett, Jr. and Erma O’Neill Bennett.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ben, Bill, and Lee Bennett.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ann Sanders Bennett of Green Hill; two sons, Gerald Scott “Boo” Bennett of Green Castle, Indiana and Michael Swayze of Green Hill; two daughters, Suzie Bennett Flemister of Monticello, and Leighann Tucker and husband Chris of Conway; one sister-in-law Betty Bennett of Green Hill; five grandchildren, Casey Bennett, Brandon Flemister, Toni Flemister, Stephanie Tucker, and Ashley Tucker; four great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Maci, Kinsley, and Karleigh; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A graveside service will be held on December 2 at 10 a.m. at the Rough and Ready Cemetery in Monticello with Rev. Caleb Lane officiating. Visitation is December 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.