Mrs. Opal Valdean Bennett age 86, Jonesborough, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her residence.
Mrs. Bennett was born in Unicoi, Tennessee and the daughter of the late Samuel Eugene & Rachel Linville McLaughlin.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Bennett; son, James Alan Bennett, Sr. (Heather) daughters, Tammy Bennett Steffey and Teresa Bennett; two sisters, Esther “Charline” Church and Jewel Stewart; grandchildren, James Alan Bennett, Jr., Daniel Lee Bennett, Whitney Cheyenne Douglas, Samantha Lee Campbell, Michael Eugene Williford and Tia Skye Thompson; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted 2:00 PM Friday, April 23, 2021 at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Family request friends meet at the cemetery at 1:45 pm Friday.
Pallbearers will be James Bennett, Sr., James Bennett, Jr., Gabe Douglas, Michael Williford, Brison Campbell and Nathan Ledford.
I hate I wasn’t able to attend services. Opal, Don, Jimmy, Tammy and Teresa lived only 2 doors away from us when we were kids back in the 70’s. It’s a wonder we didn’t drive Opal crazy with all we tried to get away with back then. One of the sweetest easy going lady you could ever be blessed to have met. Prayers for the Bennett family, I know Opal will be dearly missed by many.
Opal could brighten up any situation. I remember her wonderful laugh. She is one of my best childhood memories.
Aunt Opal had the most infectious sense of humor and had kids and adults alike laughing with tears streaming from their eyes at things she had done and the way she saw the world. I don't know exactly what she will say to Saint Peter, but he won't keep a straight face either as she enters the gates. Uncle Don, Jim, Tammy, Theresa, and all the cousins I haven't met or seen in quite a while, I pray that God gives you strength and comfort you need in the days and weeks to come.
Tina Bennett McCracken
She will be truly missed . Praying for the family in time of need for the weeks to come . May she rest in peace .
When we were growing up we called her "Bobbie". I remember when I was little how funny I thought she was. Don, Jimmy, Tammy and Teresa and families it's been a long time. Mom, Debbie, Nancy and I are thinking about you during this hard time. Take Care Judy
I had the pleasure of waiting on Miss Opal in the drive thru at First Tennessee Bank for many years. She always had a big smile on her and loved to joke around. I believe I remember her always busy canning something. My condolences to her husband and the family. With sympathy, Kathy Lamb
Debbie Bennett Ward
Aunt Opal. You will truly be missed by your family and friends. I’m sure you had a wonderful reunion with the ones who have gone before you. May you Rest In Peace and know that you were loved. Deb