Funeral services for Thelma Bennett, 99, of Greenville will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 13 at South Main Church of Christ. She died Monday, November 9 at her home. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 14 at Elmwood Cemetery, Blytheville, AR.
Thelma Elizabeth Tate, the daughter of Albert Milton Tate and Ada Keeling Tate, was born in Blytheville, AR on August 17, 1916. She was a graduate of Blytheville High School.
Many people in Mississippi and Arkansas would say Thelma was one who lived her faith. They called her a really good example of a child of God, her children chief among them. She loved her South Main church family and Sunnybrook Children’s Home.
She and C.B. farmed for many years. She knew hard work; as a young woman she and her mother worked at a canning factory at 15 cents an hour, ten hour days with a 3-4 mile walk.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, C.B. and a young son, Joe Albert. She was a loving and loved Mother, Grandma, and Great-Gram. Survivors are her children, Linda Kenwright of Monroe, LA, Ron Bennett (Betty) of Weir, MS, David Bennett (Karen) of Shingle Springs, CA, Connie Sue Bennett of Greenville, Bill Bennett (Sandy) of Bryan, TX and Cheryl Causey (Greg) of Vaiden, MS. In addition, she leaves much loved Grands, Joe Kenwright (Karen), Jeremy Bennett (Vicki), Amy Boggess (Jason), Kevin Bennett, Elana Bennett, Karli Bennett, Kimberly Cobb (Jerry), Shelley Medders (James), and Shauna Estes (Parker). Treasured great-grands are Ashlyn, James, Austin, Jaden, Jonah, Bobbie, Ethan, Tate, Aubrey, Rylee, Luke, Britt, Kylie, Easton, and Tyler. She has numerous special nieces and nephews in Arkansas.
The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. until service time, Friday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sunnybrook Children’s Home, P. O. Box 4871, Jackson, MS 39296-4871.