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     Edward Terrell Bennett, age 86, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2008, at Truman Healthcare Center following a long illness.


     Ed was born July 4, 1922, at Attica, Kansas, to Charles Franklin and Eva (Voss) Bennett.  He graduated from Golden City High School in 1940 and immediately went to work for the CCC in Eldora, Iowa.  Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving in several capacities at various naval stations during his 30 year career.  His home port was in Norfolk, Virginia where he was a member and served as a deacon in Burrows Memorial Baptist Church.  He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and F.R.A.  Ed was an excellent athlete who enjoyed baseball and had earned many bowling trophies.


     On May 20, 1944, at Girard, Kansas, Ed married Betty Durman and to this union a son, Terrell Gene and a daughter, Mary Suzanne were born.  They later divorced and on December 27, 1984, at Miami, Oklahoma, Ed married JuliAnn Jenkins Embry.


     Survivors include his wife of 23 years, JuliAnn, of the home; three sons, Terry & wife Sharon Bennett, Chesapeak, Virginia, William Ben & wife Crystal Embry, Malden, Missouri, and Dan Embry, Lamar; five daughters, Mary & husband Robert Carpenter, Modest, Virginia, Shirley & husband Bill Gaither, Lamar, Betty Embry, Joplin, Jeannie & husband Jerry Thieman, Lamar, and Sherry Embry, Springfield, Missouri; 29 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


     The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.  A graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 17th at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Community Hospices of America in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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