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Bethesda News: Charlie Bennett left behind a wonderful legacy of service

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: God offers you the gift of eternal life. If you have not accepted his gift, the appropriate time is now!

I can assure you that Charlie Bennett accepted God’s gift of eternal life years ago. He was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

We were so saddened to learn of his death on June 1. It seems as though Charlie, who was 90, suffered a massive heart attack at his home. 

He had done so much for the Bethesda community as well as Williamson County. He also served our country while in the Army during the Korean War. He retired after 51 years of service at Moody’s Tire Co. He served as a road commissioner for the county for 20 years, was a member of the county school board and was the main person to help get the Bethesda Recreation Center and ballpark “on the map” in our community. 

It is now known as Charlie Bennett Ballpark. He also was instrumental in seeing the improvement that was made years ago on Pulltight Hill.

Charlie loved playing cards at Bethesda Senior Citizen Center and dancing at College Grove Senior Citizens Center.

He married Jessie Trice Bennett 69 years ago. He is survived by his wife and daughters Brenda (Dan) Wooten, Connie (Tim) Marlin and son, Roger (Lynn) Bennett. He was a grandfather to five and great-grandfather to eight. He is also survived by one sister, Eunice Lillard, and brother, Thomas “Tomcat” Bennett.

Funeral services were this past Friday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Cross Keys Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cross Keys Cemetery.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to each member of Charlie’s family. He will be sorely missed. (Just as I was getting ready to submit this column, I received a call that his daughter Connie Marlin had died. (Arrangements had not been made.)

Thanks to each of you who attended Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s ice cream supper as well as Flat Creek’s social with music by Williamson County Blue Grass Band. I understand a good time was had by all who attended. (I am sorry that we were not able to attend.)

You are invited to College Grove United Methodist Church’s annual ice cream festival, which is set for Saturday. They usually begin serving at 5p.m., but I have not been given any information, so you may want to call a member and check. They usually have one of the largest live auctions to follow.

Get your calendar and mark these dates for summer festivals that will be coming up later:

• June 26 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. They will begin serving at 4:30 p.m. You will be able to enjoy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as grilled chicken sandwiches. They also will have a large variety of flavors of homemade ice cream. A live auction will begin at 6 p.m. with Danny Cotton serving as auctioneer. 

• July 10 at Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. You will be able to enjoy grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the trimmings. They, too, will have a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream for you to enjoy and a live auction will begin at 6 p.m. 

• July 24 at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. I do not have a set time but will let you know. It is usually around 4-4:30 p.m. Our auction will begin at 6 p.m. 

• Aug. 21 at Holts Corner Baptist. I will have more details closer to the date. If there are others, please call me at 615-790-1833.

I want to commend all of the student-athletes who received John Maher scholarships at the recent annual banquet. Did you see their pictures in the Herald? I was so impressed with the way each was dressed. They were so professional looking. Way to go, young people. Also, thanks to John and Margie Maher for continuing to honor our young athletes after 15 years. We appreciate you all!

Please mark your calendars for the next big Friends of the Williamson County Public Library used book sale, which is set for June 18-20. The sale will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on that Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on that Sunday. Call the library at 615-423-4818 to receive more information from their president, Mary Herring.

I recently learned that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Of course, it also is the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I just realized that Father’s Day will have passed by the time my next column is published. To those of you who will be celebrate being a father for the first time, you will realize what a special day this is for you. To all the others, I hope you have very good day. To those of you who have lost your father, I hope you can reflect on good memories that you were able to establish while they were living. 

I really never got to know my father. He was killed in a car wreck when I was 4. 

As I have just looked at my calendar, I see that in my latest column, I forgot to wish several family members and friends happy birthdays. To my niece, Kaye Johnson, my great nieces, Brooke Barnhill and Caroline Meyaki, and my “adopted daughters” Anise Rittenberry Lankford and Rebecca Rittenberry Crain, I hope you had a great day this past Tuesday. Also, to Pam Stephens, who celebrated on Wednesday, we hope you had a great day. I wish for each of you many more to come. 

Also, before my next column, my dear friend June Caldwell, whom we refer to as “our cuz” will be celebrating on June 22. We wish for her a great day as well.

I was so saddened when I learned of the sudden death of Scott Carter, who is the son of Sue Carter, a very dear teacher friend of mine. It appears as though he could have suffered a heart attack. At this writing no arrangements had been made. I understand they were doing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Sue, as well as his father and his brother, Russ. Please keep this family in your prayers.

So many of our family and friends continue to have health issues that cause them to have surgery or be in the hospital or rehab centers, etc. Please continue to remember Charles Wilson, James William Hood, Donnie Cameron, Charles Ed Hood, Joel Pedrick, Judy and Ronnie Pitt, Peggy Fisher, Donna O’Neil Willoughby, Jessie Bennett, Dot and Allen Marlin, Dee Lynch, David and Delores Gilreath, Pat Marlin, Billy and Katie Giles, Lobby Padgett, Stan Hardcastle, Doris Hickman, Nellie Stephens, Randy Hickman, Geneva Stephens, Brad Sanders, Diane Hartley Sain, Jimmy Thompson and Doris Pedrick, as well as others.

Our deepest sympathy continues to be with the families who have lost loved ones recently. To the Bennett/Marlin families, we love you and continue to pray for you. To the family of Marshall Weems, he will be missed at the monthly luncheons at Bethesda Senior Citizens Center. Prayers continue to be with the families of Phyllis Graham Eldridge, Lori Gillespie Pickard, Mrs. Harry Lee Billington, Joyce Parnell McCullough, Rick Jones, Mickey McCann, June Wright and Henry Johnston, as well as others.

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