“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” — II Timothy 4:7
ERWIN — Rev. Timothy Gene “Tim” Bennett, age 50, of Erwin, went to be with his Lord, Jesus, on Friday, July 1, 2011.
He was born on June 30, 1961, in Erwin, TN, a son of the late T.J. and Nelle Kerns Bennett. Tim was a 1979 graduate of Unicoi County High School, a 1983 graduate of East Tennessee State University and a 1986 graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education.
Tim had attended Calvary Baptist Church since 1961, having become a member in 1969, and he served there as Youth Minister and Associate Pastor for 22 years, until his retirement in 2008.
Tim had a great love for Unicoi County, and considered it an honor and privilege to have served the people here. A part of that service included officiating in 143 weddings and over 250 funerals, as well as: Past member of the Unicoi County Board of Education, Past member of the Erwin Ruritan Club, Member of the Erwin Kiwanis Club, having been a Past member of the Board of Directors and a Past President, Football Coach at the former Martins Chapel and Evans Elementary Schools, Member of several Committees of the Holston Baptist Association, Member of the Unicoi County Ministerial Association, Listed in the who’s Who of Religious Educators of America, Former Sports Writer for the Erwin Record, Charter member, and founding member of the Board of Directors, serving as President, Vice President, and Secretary of Unicoi County Care and Share, Volunteered his time in various capacities to support UCHS Athletics, including leading devotions for the UCHS Football team,
Tim had a tremendous love for and shared much of his time in support of the teenagers of our Community, Took teenagers on mission trips to New York City for 15 years, Coordinated Summer Youth Camps for 9 years.
Tim loved to be outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
In addition to his parents, Tim was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Bennett, in 2002.
Survivors include: Brothers: Tommy and Phyllis Bennett, Jerry and Kim Bennett, all of Erwin; Special Friend: Teresa Jordan Fannon, of Greeneville, TN, and her children, Brandi Gregg and husband, Josh, of Greeneville Tn,, and Andy Fannon of Greeneville, TN; Nephews: Aaron and Terri Bennett, of IN, Andy Bennett, of Erwin; Niece: Amber Bennett of Erwin; Great Nieces: Kiley and Faith Bennett; Great Nephews: Broox and Blake Bennett; Several Aunts and Uncles.
Funeral Service will be held at 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin. Reverend David Crutchfield, Reverend John Kuhne, Reverend David Snyder and Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate. Music will be under the direction of Gary Amos.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until service time.
The committal service and entombment will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Those attending, please meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 Wednesday morning to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Sonny Hendrix, Raymond Dugger, Jim Ramsey, Harold Ramsey, Roland Banks and Ralph Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Members of the Unicoi County Ministerial Association, Deacons and former Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church, Gene Ramsey, Jim Ramsey, Sam Sproles, Harold Ramsey, Charlie Noakes, Bob Patt, John Tipton, Kevin Horton and Chuck Noakes.
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These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Rev. Timothy Gene “Tim” Bennett through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin. 423-743-9187