William "Bill" Jacob Bennett, 86, of Mineral Wells, was ushered into heaven by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Ft. Worth, due to complications following surgery.
Bill was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Aledo,the last of nine children born to T.C. and May Bennett.
After graduation from Aledo High School, Bill earned a basketball scholarship to Weatherford College and graduated with an associate's degree. When the Korean War began, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, which stationed him in Washington, DC. During his assignment, he was trained as a printer, a vocation and identity in which he took great satisfaction and pride. He applied his training in this craft as shop manager/sales of printing shops in Abilene and as head estimator for Stafford-Lowden Printing of Fort Worth. He and his young family moved to Mineral Wells in 1962, where he and his wife established Bennett Printing and later Bennett's Office Supply. Both businesses have served the public since that time and are still in operation today under second-generation owners.
Bill lived every day devoted to his family, faith and community. He was a husband of 65 years, father of four, "Dedaw" of seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. From small-town Aledo, he was blessed to experience international travel on several continents. His great delight was traveling far and wide with family. Throughout the years, he served many Southern Baptist churches as Sunday School teacher, deacon and faithful member until his passing, as well as a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Bill planned and strategized for the betterment of Mineral Wells, serving as the president of United Way, Noon Lions Club and the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations. In retirement, Bill displayed continued commitment to Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County through various historical groups and community service organizations. In recognition of his lifetime dedication and service, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce presented the Col. Willie Casper Jr. Lifetime Achievement award to him in 2016.
Bill is survived by loving wife of 65 years Carline; son, Skipper Bennett and wife, Nita; daughter, Kathy Bagwell and husband, Marty; son, Brian Bennett and wife, Annette; son, Brad Bennett and wife, Karry; grandchildren Rachel, Becky, Nathan, Katie, Bethany, Jake, Abby; and great-grandson Alex.
Visitation will occur on Jan. 30, 2017, at Baum-Carlock-Baumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells from 6 to 8 p.m.
A celebration of his life will take place at First Baptist Church Mineral Wells on Jan. 31, 2017, 10:30 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Woodland Park. Those wishing to donate in lieu of flowers may contribute to the Old Jail Museum or Texas Frontier Trails. The family expresses deep gratitude to the CVICU staff and physicians of Baylor All-Saints Fort Worth for their compassionate care and professional skill during Bill's final days.
Published on January 25, 2017