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.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhome.com