Dan Lawton Bennett, Sr.

Born: Thu., Oct. 3, 1940
Died: Thu., Jul. 4, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Jul. 06, 2019
Location: Hart Funeral Home

Graveside Service

7:30 PM Sat., Jul. 06, 2019
Location: Ramah Cemetery

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Mr. Daniel Lawton Bennett, Sr., age 78, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday evening (7/4/19) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross following an extended illness.

Born October 3, 1940 in Coffee, GA, he was a son of the late James Newell and Minnie Oletha Raulerson Bennett.  He lived most of his life in Pierce County and was a 1958 graduate of Patterson High School. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in Business.   He returned to Blackshear where he taught at the Blackshear High School for a few years before opening his hardware store, Bennett’s Hardware. He operated the store for 47 years, before retiring in 2018. The store was well known in southeast Georgia as many local families went there to fill any hardware or lawn and garden needs. He worked six days a week and most holidays, and was only a call away if you ever needed something after hours.

 He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear where he was a Deacon, served many years on the Baptismal committee, was a longtime member of the MISFITS Sunday School Class, and had driven the van for the Van Ministry for several years, picking up many children to come to church and for the Spanish Mission Ministry.  

He had served a two year term as a Blackshear City Councilman from 1977-1979, served on the Pierce County Industrial Development Authority, and was a founding member of the Blackshear Jaycees in 1975.   He had also served with the Army Reserves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Jeanette Dill Bennett; and a brother, Nelson Bennett.

Survivors include his children, Dan Bennett, Jr. (wife Kristi) of Blackshear and Darby Benfield (husband Greg) of Mershon; 5 grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, and Luke Bennett, all of Blackshear, and Mary and Greg Benfield, both of Mershon; his sister, Linda Spence (husband Don) of Mershon, his brother, Eddie Bennett (wife Diane) of Mershon, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Virgil Lee Bennett of Alma, Tommy and Sandra Dill of Blackshear; and  Robert and Betty Jean Hurst of Mountain Rest, SC; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A graveside funeral service will take place Saturday evening (7/6/19) at 7:30 PM at Ramah Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4-6 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

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Eve Purcell
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Mr Bennett was a kind and friendly man. He always welcomed you with a smile when he greeted you at his hardware store. I know you are comforted knowing he is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus and reunited with loved ones. Prayers for your family.

John W. Carlton
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Greg, Darby, and family, I am lifting you all up to the Father in your time of sorrow. When my father-in-law died it hurt as badly as it did when I lost my own mom and dad. Our prayers are with you all and we pray that God will comfort you and give you the peace that can only come from Him. (Former pastor of Pine Grove Church.)

Faye Jordan
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
O sorry to hear of Mr. Dan's passing. We traded with him for many years, always., purchasing those beautiful hanging baskets. Prayers for family.

Faye Jordan

Susan Benson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
My deepest sympathies on your loss. I remember Dan Bennett from the time he was teaching at Blackshear High School. He was a truly good man and he will be missed here on earth.

Chris Jorishie
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Dan and Darby,
Stacie and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris & Stacie Jorishie

Ray and Susan Lovett
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Ray and I were sorry to learn of the passing of Dan. He was always so friendly and well liked. Know he will be missed by many. Praying for all of the family during this time. Ray and Susan Lovett

Jeffrey A Nelson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Sorry to hear of Mr. Bennett's passing...I was a long time customer of his down at the store...I always really enjoyed talking to him. Prayers for your family.

Tina Thrift Taylor
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We all loved Mr. Dan. He was a great Christian man to talk to, be around, and to do business with. He'll be missed dearly by all of our family.

John Gregory & Phrey Phrey Jr
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
God bless you mr. Bennett may God rest your soul. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet we're a big blessing in my life. I will never forget them.

Pamela D. & Steven R. Hudson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
Dan was such a fine man. I feel like Blackshear will not be the same without him or his hardware store to visit. We'll all miss him terribly but I know the family will miss him more. I'm so thankful we have Jesus Christ so our partings are only temporary. Lifting the family to the Throne of Grace in prayer for comfort and peace. Sending love and thoughts your way.

Karrie Cox
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
So sorry to hear about the going home of Mr Bennett I will always remember him and going into the hardware store. He has been missed by many.

Scott Thigpen and Jacquelyn Thigpen
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
An amazing life of service and love. Our prayers are with the amazing family members who carry on his legacy of serving the Lord.

Erin Nose
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
I am so sorryfor your loss!!
He was such a helpful person in his hardware store.

The Sturges Family
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
God bless you all with peace. He was the nicest man. At his store or at church he was the same. A smile and a hello. Bless him he always handed out wisdom with those little brown paper sacks full of seeds. He stands for good and kindness in my heart. God bless you all.

Jeffrey and Mellisa Stewart
   Posted Fri July 05, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. Bennett was a very sweet man and was always so kind when we would visit him in the store. He will be missed.

Bruce Tison
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
To all the Bennett family. I am sorry to hear of Mr. Bennett’s passing. I remember him fondly visiting the hardware store. May God bless you all! Praise God for a home in Heaven. Bruce Tison

William A. Peacock, Sr.
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Mr.Bennett will be missed he was a very nice person. I enjoyed shopping with him. Condolences to the family. God bless each family member is my prayer.

Ricky Youmans
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Mr.Bennett was in alot of my childhood memories growing u.For me going with my dad (purdy regular)up to his store when I was young.He always greeted us as close friends.He and Dad were longtime friends and he will be missed.

Barbara Bryant
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
So sorry to hear this he was such a nice man

Linda Thornton Sweat
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
I'm sorry to hear of Mr. Bennett's passing. He was my teacher in high school and I remember him well. We all enjoyed his class. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. God will be with you.

Teresa Dixon Bagaria
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Dan, Darby, and family,
Our hearts are are broken for you. Your dad/granddad was such a special man. He had a kind loving soul that none that ever had the blessing of meeting him will ever forget. Treasure your memories, remember the lessons he taught by example. May God's loving arms surround you and lighten your load of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Wed July 10, 2019
I'm so sorry for the passing of Mr. Dan. He always had a handshake ready whenever I saw him. Mr. Dan and Mr. Dan Jr. are two people I've always looked up to. Christian men who set the right examples for the rest of us. Prayers for all the family.

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