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Juanita Jones Bennett was born on August 20, 1926 in Fort McPherson, Georgia. She was a daughter of the late James Clayton and Carrie Kimbrell Jones. Following the death of her father she moved to Orangeburg with her mother and siblings. Juanita graduated from the Orangeburg Hospital School of Nursing and worked at the Orangeburg Regional Hospital from 1948 to 1952. It was while she was working at the Orangeburg Regional Hospital that she met the love of her life, the late W.E. Bennett, Jr. Her house was filled with beauty, mostly handmade by her. You could not find a more talented person. Juanita’s yard was a thing of beauty and the thing of which she was most proud. Juanita loved her church, the Springfield United Methodist Church, which she was faithful in attending. Mrs. Bennett passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
In addition to her parents and her Husband, Juanita was predeceased by her sister, Jimmie Jones Eagar of Orangeburg; her brother, John Knox “Jack” Jones of Orangeburg; nephews, Stevens Cogburn “Coggie” Eagar, Jr. of Gulfport, LA and Lennox Murray Bennett, Jr. of Springfield.
Juanita is survived by her nieces, Diane Eagar Metts of Newberry, Catherine Eagar of Neeses, Carrie Jones Fields and Libby Jones Mizzell both of Orangeburg, Mildred Bennett “Millie” Graham of Columbia, Margaret Bennett “Peg” Stover of Columbia, Emily Bennett Salley of Springfield and Jane Bennett Boynton of Salt Lake City, UT; her nephews James Clayton Eagar of Neeses, John Jones of Butte La Rose, LA and Paul Jones of Orangeburg; a number of great and great-great nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers, Daisy Abney, Sandra Jenkins, Renae Brooks, Lasha Dowling, Lorraine James and Pam Lybrand Cooper who took such good care of Juanita and the staff of Grove Park Hospice for their support and care. Also, the family would like to extend a thank you to Charles Lawton who was a friend to Juanita and who helped her keep her beautiful yard. Charles was also her partner in crime when it came to shopping and buying flowers.
Funeral services for Juanita Jones Bennett, 92, of Springfield, SC will be held one o’clock p.m., Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Springfield United Methodist Church, Springfield, SC with the Reverend Dewitt Livingston officiating; burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
The family has asked that memorials be given to Springfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Springfield, SC 29146.