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Published 12:06am Thursday, April 25, 2013


Jan. 15, 1928 – April 21, 2013


Thelma Rowe Bennett, age 85, a resident of Blounts Creek, NC died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Vidant Inpatient Hospice of Greenville, NC.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church, Blounts Creek and officiated by her pastor, Rev. Chuck Owens.  Burial will be private at the Esau Rowe Cemetery.

She was born in Beaufort County on January 15, 1928 to Esau Rowe and Annie Elizabeth Norman Rowe and grew up on the family farm. She was a graduate of Aurora High School and married Willie Woodrow Bennett on November 21, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1997. Mrs. Bennett lived her entire life at Blounts Creek surrounded by a large family and wonderful friends. In that community setting, she farmed, raised her family and worked as the assistant postmaster at the Blounts Creek Post Office until her retirement.

Survivors include three daughters: Ann Bennett Maxwell and husband “Hap” of Greenville, NC, Joy Bennett Mosley and husband Gregg of Minneapolis, MN and Joan Bennett Bright and husband Johnnie of Raleigh, NC; a son:  William Lee Bennett and wife, Rebecca of Marietta, SC; a sister: Frances Rowe Mason of Raleigh; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. Bennett was predeceased by a brother:  Alton Esau Rowe and three sisters: Ola Mae Rowe Brantley, Celia Rowe Shoosmith and Essie Rowe Spruill.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Bennett family.



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