The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 20, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

Cpl. Hubert ‘Red’ E. Bennett

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith...... There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.......

Cpl. Hubert “Red” E. Bennett, 83, of Beckley, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, following a long illness, at Bowers Hospice House surrounded by family and friends praying and singing his favorite gospel songs.

Born April 30th, 1929, in Fayette County, WV, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Margie Irene (Pugh) Bennett. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Betty Katherine (Bennett) Harrah, and two grandchildren.

He served in the Army during the Korean War 1951-1953 as a Medic in the 98th. He was stationed at General Hospital in Munich, Germany. He remained enlisted in the U.S. Army Active Reserve until 1957.

Affectionately known as “Red” to all who knew him, was married to Betty Jean Goddard, May 3rd, 1958. He and his bride moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked in steel plants and protection controls. Late 1969, he moved his family back to his home state and worked in the coal industry until he retired in August 1986.

Red was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and was devoted to his family and church, Beckwith Apostolic. He loved to fish and sing with his family. His beautiful voice will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to hear it lifted in songs of praise, and his tambourine will never again be played the same.

Red will be cherished in memory by his beloved wife of 54 1/2 years, Betty Jean Bennett (Goddard), his loving daughters, Anita and husband Rev. Louis Wooten, Jeanie and husband Mike Campbell, his grandchildren, Andrea (Wooten) and husband John Thompson, Stacie Wooten, Shelly (Wooten) and husband Joshua Smith, Courtney Campbell and Alexandrea Wooten, his great-grandchildren, Brooke, Ray and McKinley. A special nephew, who also had the honor of being his pastor, Rev. Rick Barker and wife Irene. A host of family and friends, including many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Red’s life will take place Sunday, October, 21, 2 p.m. at Beckwith Apostolic Church, Beckwith, WV. Services will be officiated by Pastor Rick Barker. Visitation for friends and family will be prior to the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Burial with military honors will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with graveside military honors being provided by Oak Hill VFW. Flowers can be sent to the church or funeral home.

Arrangements are being handled by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, WV, and online condolences and additional information can be found at

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