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Eustace Bennett

Eustace Edward Bennett

Saturday June 7, 1924 - Friday February 28, 2020
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Mr. Eustace Edward Bennett was born June 7, 1924, in Taylors, South Carolina, as the twelfth of fourteen children of the late Preston Asbury and Mattie Smith Bennett. Mr. Bennett attended Taylors Rosenwald School before enlisting in the United States Army where he served in the all-Black 92nd Infantry Division known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” in the South Pacific during World War II. Following an honorable discharge from the military in 1945, he returned home and attended North Carolina A&T State University. After college, he led a notable professional, civic, and religious life.

A Noteworthy Professional Life: In his professional life, Mr. Bennett was a man of many “firsts”. He was the first African American fireman at former Donaldson Air Force Base. In 1964, he became the first African American police officer for the City of Greenville, a position from which he retired after 25 years of faithful service. After retiring, Mr. Bennett went on to become the first African American housing inspector and warrant officer. To add to his many first, Mr. Bennett was the first African American bailiff appointed to the Greenville Municipal Court, an appointment he retained for 19 years.

A Life Engaged in the Community: In his civic life, Mr. Bennett was a charter member of Islam Shrine Grand Temple No. 2; a 54-year member of Mountain City Lodge #22, Palmetto Grand Lodge of South Carolina where he once served as Potentate; and member of the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers’ Association. He was also an active father in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., from 1960 to 1982 and, along with his wife, who was a charter member of the Greenville Moles, he actively supported the organization as a Mule.In his spare time, Mr. Bennett was well known for being an excellent golfer. Although he played his entire life, for nearly three decades he could be found on the golf course on Thursday morning with the members of the Carolina Players. His skill on the course garnered him numerous awards but he was most frequently awarded trophies for flight winner and longest drive.

A Faithful Servant of God: Mr. Bennett was a life-long member of Saint Matthew United Methodist Church (Taylors). He served in many capacities including: chairman, Pastor-Parish Committee; chairman, Trustees; member, Charge-Trustee Committee; and a charter member and president, Saint Matthew United Methodist Men.

Family Survivorship: God blessed Mr. Bennett with his loving and devoted wife of 71 years, Georgia Heard Bennett formerly of Abbeville, South Carolina; one son and daughter-in-law, Spencer E. and Sharon P. Bennett of Taylors and one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela B. and Curtis L. Askew of Greer, SC. He has five grandchildren: Orangeburg County Deputy Sheriff Perry A. Bennett of Columbia, SC; Lauren Bennett Gregory of Charlotte, NC; Leslie Bennett (Damion) Hunter, Esq., of Washington, D.C; Marshall E. Bennett, a senior at Hampton University and Bennett L. Askew of Greer and one great-grandson, Bryson S. Gregory of Charlotte, NC. He was the beloved last surviving uncle and patriarch to four generations of the Bennett family.

In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in honor of Mr. Eustace Bennett to:
St. Matthews United Methodist Church
ATTN: Commitment Fund
2507 Rutherford Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29609
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday March 5, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday March 5, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Matthew United Methodist Church
    2507 Rutherford Road
    GREENVILLE, SC 29609
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  • Service

    Friday March 6, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday March 6, 2020 12:00pm
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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  • Interment

    Greenville Memorial Gardens
    7784 Augusta Rd
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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Brenda C. Henderson

Posted at 08:45pm
Condolences and prayers for the Bennett family. May GOD comfort and strengthen you at this time. I met Mr. Bennett years ago when I worked at the City of Greenville. He was a very distinguished gentleman. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Brenda C. Henderson

Jim Wilson

Posted at 07:58pm
Reckon I knew Eustace and the other members of the Bennett Family all my life-----William Donald, Grey , etc. and the younger members Will, Harold, Henny, etc..
My Dad Ansel Wilson thought so much of them.
Eustace was a real gentleman who I used to like exchanging Christmas cards with.
May God bless the entire family.
Jim Wilson

Will Bruce

Posted at 09:28am
A very professional and distinguish gentleman, one of the first on the Police force in Greenville , Your advice helped to mold me into the man I am, today along with my being blessed with 30 plus years of law enforcement. Last time I saw you I introduced you to my wife and that has been some years ago and you were still a sharp man then, take your rest . May God bless the family.

Wilbur and Erica Bruce

Levis Perry

Posted at 09:54pm
From Levis Herman Perry, Jr. and Cynthia Perry Williams:

Our love and heartfelt sympathy go out to all the Bennett family for your loss. May Mrs. Bennett, Spencer and Denise (Sharon), Pamela and Curtis, and all the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other family members find strength and grace in this time of sorrow.

Freeman, Willie, Tarik, and Adia Ledbetter

Posted at 03:31pm
With loving memories of "Eustace Bennett", a very special uncle. He will remain in our hearts forever.
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