Retired SFC James T. Bennett, of Lampasas, TX, passed away on February 24, 2019.
He was born on August 17, 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to the late Enoch and Ora (Martin) Bennett.
Mr. Bennett proudly served in the United States Army for 31 years until his retirement on March 31, 1978. During his time in the service, he served along the East and West German border as a Border Legionnaire and was appointed a Lifetime Member Of The Border Legion. The Department of Defense awarded him a Joint Service Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement with The Joint Clemency Processing Center. He served 2 tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for Heroism in ground combat, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for Heroism, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. After retiring from the military, he went on to retire from Civil Service, dedicating himself to working with the youth of Fort Hood.
He enjoyed fishing, politics, reading, watching westerns, gold prospecting, and traveling in his RV.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Dennis Bennett (survived by his wife Brenda); and a granddaughter, Cindy Lee Morse.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Maxine Bennett; daughters, Sheryl Morse (Dave) of Howell, MI, Rhonda Schulze (Nelson E.) of Kempner, TX, and Linda Barnes (Jay) of Copperas Cove, TX; 7 grandchildren, Lorrie Pardun (John) of Howell, MI, Nelson James Schulze (Barbara) of Copperas Cove, TX, Tim Schulze (Brooke) of Copperas Cove, TX, James Levi Bennett of Lampasas, TX, Allen Thomas of Lampasas, TX, Bobby-James Long (Jessica) of Harrison City, PA, and Rebekah May (Rachel) of Haltom City, TX; 16 great-grandchildren, Abigail, Regan, Paige, Mia, Johnny, Nelson David, Clayton, Lydia, Colton, Collin, Valerie, Damian, Nathan, Caden, Brandon, Kaitlyn, and 1 on the way; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Delajandro and Analiah; and numerous other family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, March 15, at 11:00 A.M.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
11463 State Hwy 195
Killeen, TX 76542