GROVETOWN, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Dean Bennett won his battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson. His family delights in his achievement of peace and freedom from suffering and they are blessed to have known and shared his life.
He is preceded in death by a beloved son, Larry Dean Bennett, Jr.; a sister, Betty Jean Hall and his father and mother, Thurston and Gladys Bennett.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Fields Bennett and children, Clayton (Lisa) Bennett of Alpharetta, Ga., Brenae (John) Thomas of Martinez, Laurie Bennett Baker of Evans and Brooke Fields Bennett of Columbia, S.C., and five precious grandchildren, Parker, Drake, Davis, Chaise and Madison, who knew him as "PopPop." Larry wanted to acknowledge his uncle and aunt, Leon and Frances Bennett of Stone Mountain, Ga.; his sisters, Barbara Logan of North Augusta and Beverly (Tony) Arnold of Augusta and his beloved nieces and nephews. He loved his dear friends, especially his long-time cherished friends, Otis and Carole Askin and Jean and Bobbie Waters.
Larry was a lifelong resident of Augusta, until becoming a resident of Lake Crossing Health Center in Appling. He formed friendships with his compassionate caregivers who treated him with the utmost respect and dignity. A special thanks to his friend, John Hill, for looking after him. He graduated from Richmond Academy and the University of South Carolina in 1959 where his passion was football. He was past President of the Forest Hills Lions Club in Augusta, a former speaker and board member for the USO, a former member of the United Fund Loan Executive Campaign, a member of the Georgia Kidney Foundation, serving with the Governor Carl Sanders and originator of the Mrs. Augusta contest, which first aired on WJBF-TV where he was employed for 23 years. Larry was in the radio media where he began working for his father at WBBQ as a radio newsman, disc jockey and roving new reporter. He advanced to television where his career took him from copywriter to TV Sports Reporter, Weatherman, TV Production Manager to Sales Executive. Larry was Methodist by faith. Larry's desire was to leave this earth with rejoice. laughter and good memories.
The family requests any remembrance of Larry or donations should be made to the Judd C. Hickey Alzheimer's Center on Central Avenue where he briefly attended and received loving care and dignity.
A memorial service was held April 12, 2005, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home on Columbia Road in Martinez.