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James A. "Jim" Bennett

May 5, 1922 January 16, 2018
James A. "Jim" Bennett
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Obituary for James A. "Jim" Bennett

James A. "Jim" Bennett, 95, affectionately called Daddy, Granddaddy, and Great-Granddaddy, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

A native of Vardaman, Mississippi who was born on May 5, 1922, Mr. Bennett was the son of the late Albert Bennett and the late Elice McGregory Bennett. He grew up predominately in North Mississippi and attended East Mississippi Junior College, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Mississippi, and attended the University of Georgia and Peabody College. Additionally, in service to our country, Mr. Bennett received his commission and wings in the U.S. Navy Air Corps where he had the task of flying blimps over the East coast. After serving for many years as a dedicated educator and Principal in Pontotoc, Amory, and Jackson schools, he retired in 1985 from the Jackson Public School System.

Mr. Bennett’s love for the Lord and his family was prevalent in his life and in all that he pursued. This dedication was demonstrated through his years of membership at First Baptist Church of Jackson, where he served as a Lifetime Deacon, and his mission work, both locally and internationally, all in an effort to grow God’s Kingdom. He served on numerous missions through the International Missions Board, including trips to Argentina, China, and Mongolia. Additionally, Mr. Bennett savored spending time working on his farm in Copiah County and playing golf with his buddies at Live Oaks Golf Club. He was adored by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and leaves behind cherished memories full of love and his ever present laughter. Jim always began his day with his daily prayer: "Lord, help me to help somebody else today."

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Faye Evans Bennett; and his siblings: Irene Stevens, Henry Jo Bennett, Modine Westmoreland, Ruby Malone, and J.D. Bennett.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret Bennett, of Pearl; daughters, Beverly Mauch (Russ), of Dallas, and Jeanne Brinson (Mike), of Flowood; a brother, Billy G. Bennett, of Joseph City, AZ; grandchildren: Martha Bennett (Brian), of Marietta, GA; Elizabeth Svadlenak (Jeff) and Rebecca Lee, both of Dallas; Dr. Deborah Lee (Dr. Taylor Wilson), of Austin; Matthew Brinson (Elizabeth), of Flowood; and Jenna Jimeno (Nico), of San Diego; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visitation with the family after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Atrium of First Baptist Church, Jackson, 431 N. State St., where the Funeral Service will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the International Mission Board at www.imb.org.

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Visitation

Saturday

20

Jan

1:00 PM 1/20/2018 1:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Jackson

431 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39201

First Baptist Church of Jackson
431 North State St. Jackson 39201 MS
United States

Service

Saturday

20

Jan

2:30 PM 1/20/2018 2:30:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Jackson

431 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39201

First Baptist Church of Jackson
431 North State St. Jackson 39201 MS
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Lakewood Memorial Park Final Resting Place

6000 Clinton Blvd
Jackson, MS 39209

6000 Clinton Blvd Jackson 39209 MS
United States
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