Cecil Lyman Bennett, 79, of Dawsonville, died July 30, 2018.
Born April 15, 1939 to the late Laina Bennett and Gladys Jenkins Bennett, he was a lifelong resident of Dawson County. Cecil retired from Vineland Labs following 37 years of service after which he became a Community Liaison at Walmart where many will remember his warm wit and friendly smile.
Mr. Bennett’s civic contributions included serving on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and serving 25 years on the Dawson County Board of Education. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for 51 years as well as numerous other church positions and responsibilities.
Cecil considered his greatest accomplishment and main source of happiness his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His brother, Troy Lane Bennett, and son-in-law, Bobby Bagby, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sandra Tatum Bennett of Dawsonville; children, Teresa and Phillip Burt of Dawsonville, Penny Bagby of Zeeland, Mich., Russ and Susan Bennett of Dawsonville; grandchildren, Lauren and Blake Samples, Raina and Kyle Baker, Mallory and Jimmy Bayer, Chelsea Bagby, Ben Bagby, Jake Bennett, Eli Bennett; great-grandchildren, Lainey Baker, Silas Baker, Peyton Samples, Gracelyn Baker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Diane Bennett of Flowery Branch, Ricky and Kathy Bennett of Dawsonville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack Tatum, Charles and Judy Tatum, Deborah and Ron Storey, John Tatum; various other relatives also survive.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Bottoms, Rev. Phillip Burt and Rev. Stephen Davis officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the funeral home.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.