Opal Vesta Warner Bennett, 91, a resident of Beverly, departed this life Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2013, in Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center at Elkins.
She was born Sunday, Oct. 30, 1921, at the Hunting Grounds in Cherry Grove, Pendleton County, a daughter of the late Amby and Surrilda Waybright Warner.
On Jan. 26, 1946, she was married to Maxwell Harding Bennett, who preceded her in death Nov. 1, 2008. They had celebrated 68 years of marriage.
Surviving are three sons, Maxwell "June" Harding Bennett, Michael Lynn Bennett and wife, Margaret "Maggie," and Jeffrey Allan Bennett and wife, Patricia, all of Dailey; one sister, Jessie Sponaugle and husband, Cranston, of Elkins; eight grandchildren, Clinton Bennett, Michael Bennett II, Jeffrey Bennett, twins, Justin Paul Bennett and Julie Ann Supak, Anthony Chandler, William Chandler and Stephanie Miller; and nine great-grandchildren, Adryana, Corinne, Nyla, Eryn, Ivy, Hailey, Sawyer, Raven and David.
Preceding her in death were one daughter, Lois Lee Bennett; two brothers, Sam and Noah Warner; and three sisters, Bessie and Peachie Warner and Leota "Sis" Arbaugh.
She was a graduate of Circleville High School, where she lettered in basketball. She was a teacher in a one-room school in Pendleton County, worked at the former Reidboard Brothers, Beta Shoe Co. and was a cook for the Randolph County Board of Education, and she was a homemaker and a noted cook. She was a devoted Christian. She was known as "The Colonel" by her family, and she was the most loving woman you would ever meet.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Dewaine Corley will officiate, and interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Opal W. Bennett. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.