Jesse Washington Bennett Jr.
Jesse Washington Bennett, Jr. ESTILL, SC - Mr. Jesse Washington Bennett, Jr., aged 93, died peacefully on April 18, 2017, at the Ridgeland Nursing Center in Ridgeland, SC after a brief illness. He was born July 7, 1923 in Estill, South Carolina, the son of Jesse Washington Bennett, Sr., and Ada Pulaski Bennett. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lillian ("Pinkie") Reeves Bennett in 2011, and by an infant grandson, Matthew Reeves Bennett in 2001. He was a graduate of Estill High School and attended electronics school in Moline, Illinois. Mr. Bennett was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving in the United States and in Europe, where his unit's duty was in combat airplane radio maintenance. After the war, Mr. Bennett returned home to Estill, where he operated a radio and television repair shop for over 20 years. He also worked for Wholesale Radio and Supply Co., in Charleston, and taught electricity and electronics at Trident Technical College in Charleston. For over 20 years before his retirement, Mr. Bennett worked as a Field Engineer for South Carolina Educational Television. His hobbies included fishing, reading, and woodworking. Mr. Bennett was a member of Lawtonville Baptist Church and a member and Past Worshipful Master of Sunset Masonic Lodge No. 331 in Estill. He is survived by his son, Charles Stephen Bennett, and his daughter in law, Bonnie Kinard Bennett, of Ridgeland; by three grandsons: Michael Stephen Bennett of Salt Lake City, Utah; John Carlton Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia; Peyton Kinard Bennett of Ridgeland; and by one granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Bennett of Ridgeland. He is also survived by his two nieces and one nephew, Sharon Reeves Meeks of Peachland, North Carolina, Paula Reeves Feasel of Richmond, Virginia, and Curtis Victor Reeves of Richmond, Virginia, and by his cousins from Bamberg, South Carolina: Mr. Billy Mixon, Jimmy Mixon, Alice Mixon Rice, and Michael Mixon. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 20th, at 11 AM in the Lawtonville Cemetery near Estill directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton. The family will receive friends following the service at the Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Lawtonville Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 200, Estill, South Carolina 29918. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
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