Pastor Winfred E. Bennett
A Faithful Man
Candler- Pastor Winfred Eric Bennett, age 77, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 9, 2020. On this day he entered into his appointed place of glory to be eternally with his Lord and Savior.
Winfred was born October 6, 1942 in Union, South Carolina to the late Lloyd Bennett and the late Hurble Holland Bennett. He had made his home in Haywood and Buncombe Counties most of his life and was loved and well known throughout Western North Carolina as a man who blessed each person that he met with his kindness and his friendly smile, always touching the hearts of so many. Pastor Bennett graduated from Temple Baptist Bible College in 1982 and was called to serve as the Pastor of Harmony Grove Baptist Church in Canton for 39 dedicated years. On Father’s Day of this year, Pastor Bennett shared his great love of his Lord and Savior and a message of faith with his beloved church family congregation that will never be forgotten. This was his last sermon preached at Harmony Grove Baptist Church and his words on that day touched the hearts of everyone. Winfred was a man who loved the outdoors and he often enjoyed hunting among the mountains and fishing in his favorite streams. He was also a talented carpenter and his craftsmanship was admired by many. Pastor Bennett truly dedicated his life to serving his Lord and his immeasurable love for his family was an example for all men to follow. He was a faithful husband, a wonderful father and grandfather, and indeed a good friend to everyone. We shall remember Pastor Bennett with these words- “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Pressley, and an infant baby sister, Dorsa Mae.
Left to carry his memory in their hearts forever are his loving wife of 55 ½ years, Carolyn Pressley Bennett; his children, Eric Bennett and Erica, Michael Bennett and Amy, Chad Bennett and Donda, and Angela King and Matthew; grandchildren, Amanda (Kevin), Hayden, Chase, Neely, Ethan, Addison, Emma, Bryce, and Samantha; his brothers, Kenneth, Winston, Ronnie, and Ross Bennett; his sisters, Brenda Lanning and Diane Farley; numerous nieces and nephews, his church family, and a multitude of friends.
A funeral service to honor and remember the wonderful life of Pastor Bennett will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Center Pigeon Baptist Church. Pastor Chad Bennett, Preacher Ronnie Bennett, and Pastor Tommy Crowe will be officiating. Burial will follow in Center Pigeon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Bennett family.