Ethel Bennett

Ethel Ophelia Bennett

Monday, March 7th, 1921 - Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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Romans 5:12 " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"

The Family Tribute Celebrating and Remembering the Life of
Mrs. Ethel Ophelia Wellman Bennett

A smile for all, a heart of gold, one of the finest this world could hold,
Never selfish, always kind, these are the memories she leaves behind…

Mrs. Ethel Ophelia Wellman Bennett, 99, of Stony Point, NC passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family. Ophelia finished her life as she lived it full of grace, dignity and a positive attitude. She was admired and her legacy will live on in all who knew her. She was loved by many friends and was well taken care of especially by her daughter, her caregiver and her family. She was born on March 7, 1921, and departed her life on Monday, November 2, 2020, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Austin and Laura Parker Wellman. Losing her mother at the age of 2 weeks, she was reared in the home of her late maternal grandparents, Albert and Harriet Parker; her aunt Mary; her foster mother, Ella; and her foster brother, Harvey Parker. A sister, Hazel Bratcher and a brother, Hillard Miller; two sisters-in-law, Marie Rankin and Idell Bennett; four brothers-in-law, Wilbur Bennett, Harry Bennett, Garland Bennett and Henry Bennett, also preceded her in death.

Ophelia attended Third Creek Baptist Elementary School and Happy Plain School. She accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of Third Creek Baptist Church. She was a charter member, president and treasurer of the Senior Choir. Ophelia showed her love for five years to the choir by hosting a backyard cookout for the members to enjoy. She was a charter member of the usher ministry, Sunday School secretary, and served as Chairman of the Hospitality Committee. She was a member of the NC and Alexander County Singing Convention, and the Golden Women’s Club. Ophelia was employed in 1947 until 1950 at Stony Point Cafeteria, Days Inn and El Tio’s in Statesville for her tasty food. She was employed a the opening of Alexander County Hospital in Taylorsville, NC in the culinary department for many years. Among the many delicious meals, she was especially noted for her yeast rolls where everyone was standing around the oven, waiting for a hot buttered roll. She was a wonderful chef.

Ophelia always found time after she married to go back home to her grandparents to can food from the garden, cook and take care of them. She was a jolly and lovable person. Her hobbies were riding bicycles, embroidering, playing the organ, quilting, fixing hair, baking cakes for Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings, special events and growing flowers.
Ophelia was honored at her church in 2012 by Taylorsville’s Mayor George Hollman for her dedicated service to the hospital and community.

She was married to the late De Arcy Bennett on June 16, 1939. They enjoyed many years together traveling and sightseeing until his sickness. She left her job at the hospital trusting in God without any income to take care of her husband. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1988.

She leaves to cherish precious memories, her sweet and loveable daughter, Velma Bennett Patterson and son-in-law, B. F. Patterson, both of the home; daughter number two, Gladys Allen of Roaring River, NC; one granddaughter, Sylvia Poole; one grandson, Reginald Patterson; one great grandson, Jerome Poole of Stony Point; Ailene Keaton of Statesville who was reared in the home; one sister-in-law, Betty Bennett of Stony Point; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, the Third Creek Baptist Church Family, neighbors and friends.

If Roses Grow In Heaven
If roses grow in heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms
And tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
And when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
But there’s an ache within my heart
That will never go away.
Love your Daughter, Velma

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Thursday, November 5th, 2020, at 2:00 .pm. at Third Creek Baptist Church in Stony Point. Reverend Tommy Carpenter will officiate and burial will follow in the Third Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION (WAKE), unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus. We, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.

GENERAL PUBLIC VIEWING WILL BE HELD ON Wednesday, November 4, 2020, beginning from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and resume Thursday Morning, November 5, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. until taken to the church to lie in sat at 1:00 p.m.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mrs. Bennett at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Bennett Family.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 2:00pm
    Third Creek Baptist Church
    285 Third Creek Rd
    STONY POINT, NC 28678
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    Reverend Tommy Carpenter
  • Interment

    Third Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    Stony Point, NC


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Rachel Stockton

Posted at 05:58pm
To the family of our beloved Cousin Ophelia: I remember her as a beautiful, warm, loving lady. She had a warm and caring personality. Most importantly, she loved God, her family and friends. Our dad, her first cousin Pastor J. L. Parker shared same birth year. "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:4 ESV Love and prayers, The Family of the late Dr. John and Mrs. Nevada Parker


Posted at 07:13pm
I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying the God of all comfort helps you at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus told us to pray for God’s Kingdom because the Bible promises it will end tears pain and death. (Revelation 21:3-5 & Daniel 2:44).

Your Cousins, Moore & Little Families

Posted at 01:03pm
We are thinking of you all. We will miss Aunt Ophelia!
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Rev and Mrs. Sterling Howard

Posted at 07:34am
Losing someone who has been a part of your life for so many years is very difficult. May it help to ease the hurt you feel now to know that others care and are thinking of you at this sad time. Rev. Howard and Ann .

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