Damon Bennett, age 70, of Erwin, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011 at his son’s home. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Clarence and Inez Riddle Bennett. Mr. Bennett served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a 3rd Class Corps Man. He was an Operating Room Technician with the VA Medical Center for thirty years until his retirement on December 31, 1995. Mr. Bennett was a member of Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church. Other than his parents he is preceded in death by, daughter, Lori Bennett; sister, Marie Bennett; maternal grandmother, Carrie Riddle; maternal grandfather, Jim Riddle; paternal grandmother, Delia Bennett; paternal grandfather, John Bennett; aunts, Ethel Price, Birdie Harris, Vivian Faye, Birdie Harris; uncles, Lawrence Riddle, Mack Riddle, Earl Bennett, Ernest Bennett, Charles Bennett, and Troy Bennett.
Mr. Bennett leaves behind:
Wife: Marie Bennett of Erwin
Son: Eugene Bennett and wife Melissa of Erwin
Aunts: Ruth Gilbert, Erwin
Bessie Watson, J.C.
Mae Riddle, Erwin
Dora Bennett, Erwin
Granddaughter: Hannah Redshaw
The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. David Jones for being a special friend above and beyond being a great doctor.
The funeral service will be held, Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Monroe Willis and Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Harry Mathes, Larry Norris, Ray White, John Treadway, Ronnie Erwin, David Griffith, Doug Clark, Larry Tittle, Larry Riddle, and Ken Crowder. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Ford, Sam Keesecker, Damon Harris, Ronnie Bennett, Ketron Couch, Tommy Turner, Robert Cupp, and Doug Guinn.
Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday from 1:00 PM until service time at Valley Funeral Home. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, Fishery Loop Road, Erwin TN 37650. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through www.valleyfuneralhome.net
. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Damon Bennett through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.