Mary Elizabeth Bennett
Mary Elizabeth Bennett went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 6th around 6pm.
Her homegoing service will be this Saturday, April 13th. The wake will start at 10am and the service will follow at 11am at Friendship Pentecostal Holiness Church. Friends and family are all welcome to come and celebrate her sweet life together in Lawton.
On Sept. 20, 1931 Mary Elizabeth Lewis was born to Alexander and Albertha Whitehead Lewis in Norfolk, VA. She was the fifth of six children. Mary attended public school in Norfolk, VA. and in Craven County, N.C. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and united with First Calvary Baptist Church Norfolk, VA. When the family relocated to Craven County, N.C. she united with Green Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and later St. Stephens Freewill Baptist Church. Mary was united in marriage to the late James Bennett, Sr. on June 1, 1953 when she became a military wife. To this union four children were born, Brenda, James Jr., Caszie and Christopher. The family traveled to many locations in the US and abroad. At each of her stops she would find a way to worship and serve and instilled in her children to do likewise. On each of her travels, Mary would work outside of the home to make sure the needs of her children were met.
When her travels took her to Lawton in 1974, she became a department manager in Kmart and united with Friendship Church of God in Christ which later became Friendship Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mother Bennett immediately became an active willing worker. She was a member of the Board of Trustees, Mother’s board, church clerk, active in Bible study, Sunday school, and also assisted in the construction of the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. Mary was also employed at Goodyear in 1979 and retired after 15 years.
Mother Mary Bennett always put Christ and her family in the forefront. Her kind, caring, and loving attitude was always on display. In her role as mother to her children and mother of the church she shared many of life lessons. She was a strong Christian woman who praised the Lord with joy and excitement, admonishing others to share with her in her love of God and her walk with Christ. She instilled those attributes in her children, grandchildren, and all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. With her contagious smile she always showed and gave unconditional love to everyone, “God loves you and so do I”. Her Christian education in Norfolk, VA at that early age taught her that church was more than just a building; It is love and sharing the life of Christ that makes all things possible if you believe and trust in Him.
When her health failed in 2009, Mary moved to San Antonio, Texas to live with her daughter and became member under watch care at New Hope Baptist Church. On Saturday April 6th, 2019 Mary Elizabeth Bennett peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her four children Brenda (Samuel) Browning, James Jr. (Myron deceased), Caszie (Debra) and Christopher (Cynthia), 13 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Albertha Lewis, her four sisters, Lillie Jane, Annie B., Dorothy, Bernice, Brother Alexander, Jr. and Granddaughter Rochelle Browning.
“Our mother taught me so many of life’s’ lessons. What I hold closest to my heart is how she gave unconditional love! I watched her live it throughout her life. I hope to emulate that in my life as well.”
James Bennett, jr.