Tom Bennett
1944 - 2020
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Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett, a retired journalist, advocate of speech and press freedoms, historian of daily newspapers in Atlanta, environmental columnist for The Cherokee Scout, and a disabled Army veteran, died of respiratory failure at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital on Monday, December 28, 2020. He was 76.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Murphy's Episcopal Church of the Messiah at a covid-safe date to be announced later.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Lorraine Martin Bennett of Martins Creek; two brothers, Timothy R. Bennett (Lynette) of Barnwell, South Carolina and Hal D. Bennett Jr. (Carolyn) of Gulf Shores, Alabama; sister-in-law Marilee Powell (Terrence) of Hayesville; nieces Susan Bennett Wolf (Josh) of Brooklyn, New York and Jessica Powell Armstrong (Eric) of Cornelia, Georgia; great-nephew, Hugo Bennett Wolf of Brooklyn, New York; and caregiver, Ressie Hughes.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News from Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 6, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Tom was a wonderful and sweet person. We know he is in Heaven with many of his Church Friends as well as his relatives. God Bless You Sir !!
Robin Kline
December 30, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about Tom. He was such a kind man. My heart goes out to Lorraine.
Liz Mercure
December 28, 2020
Please accept my condolences for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort you during this most difficult time.
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