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05/24/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Elton Bennett

Elton W. Bennett
(03 May 1927 - 21 May 2015)

Newport News High School Class of June 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There's still more sad news today.      Elton Bennett, Class of June '47, brother of the late Hayward Bennett, Edward Bennett, and Pete Bennett, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the age of 88.

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 05/23/15 and 05/24/15 - "    Elton Bennett":

   Thanks so much, Albert! I had just finished this Memorial Edition when your note arrived.

I had know Elton for almost 50 years, a really good man!

Thanks for all you do. Peace, Albert

   Thanks again, Albert! You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend. I never had the pleasure of knowing Elton, but as sometimes happens (actually, rather rarely) when I'm preparing these Memorial Editions, I began to feel a strong affinity for this fine man.

     I quite nearly posted this image of Elton with the other Typhoon members of The Greatest Generation two days ago. I will resist the urge to do so no longer.
June 1947 Anchor, p. 85

From the Daily Press - 05/24/15:

                  Elton W. Bennett
  NEWPORT NEWS - Elton W. Bennett, 88, passed away on May 21st, 2015. He was the son of Hayward and Mary Lola Kellam Bennett.

Born May 3, 1927, in Norfolk, VA, he graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 after having served in the United States Navy in 1945.

He graduated from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and had a fifty year career with Newport News Shipbuilding. Career highlights included being a vital part of the emergent Naval Nuclear Propulsion program and construction of the A1W prototype (for Enterprise aircraft carrier) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

Elton Bennett

He loved traveling in the great northwest and enjoyed art, tennis, gardening and woodworking. He was an active member of Gideons International, sharing his testimony to many, and was a member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Barbara Eades Bennett, and three brothers, Hayward, Jr., Edward and Pete Bennett.

He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 44 years, Carol H. Bennett; sons Thomas (Cindy), Dale (Trinh), John, Rodney and Rodger Bennett, and daughter, Ann (Andrew) Yost; grandchildren Arin, Beau, David, Ann, and Bransel Bennett, Alexis (Tim) Rist, and Andrew Yost; and four great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 PM, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 6373, Newport News VA 23606. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on May 23, 2015.
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May 24, 2015

My sympathy goes out to Elton's family. I knew Elton for many years in Newport News Shipbuilding. Elton was always a gentleman and well respected. May God comfort his family during this stressful time.

~ Clarence Hargus, Middlesex County, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Elton's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper (1816-1888)
Music by John E. Gould (1822-1875)

 Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea.
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

- Mark 4:39

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