Dove Luther Bennett (formerly of Erwin), known to friends and family as D.L., passed away March 1st at his residence in Chattanooga. He was born in Erwin, January 2, 1952 to the late James Bennett and Thelma Berry Bennett of Erwin. D.L. graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1970 and went on to work at Work Wear Corporation for more than 30 years. He moved to Memphis with the company when it was bought out in the early 90s and worked there and in Nashville with RedKap Industries until his retirement in 2011.
D.L. loved the outdoors and fishing and hunting with his father, brothers and friends. He had many mounted trophies of that special large-mouth bass that he loved to fish for and of the white-tail deer he loved to hunt. He was an excellent marksman with a rifle and also with a bow. His special memory of fishing was a trip in the early 80s to a remote area of Canada. He often spoke about it and how they arrived by pontoon plane and that there was no other way out! The cabin they stayed in was also a special memory and how they cooked fish over an open fire.
D.L. was preceded in death by his father James Bennett and his maternal grandmother Mae Berry. He was also preceded in death by his 2 ½ year old daughter Nancy Corinne Bennett in 1981. Her death left great emptiness and sadness in his heart. He is survived by his daughter Melody Faith Bennett Mauk and his grandson Jay Mauk whom he dearly loved and who put happiness back in his heart. He is also survived by his mother Thelma Berry Bennett and brother Stanley Bennett, both of Erwin, brother Zyndal & wife Joyce Bennett of Elizabethton, sister Violet Colbaugh of Jonesborough, niece Shandon Bennett of Elizabethton, nephew Chad & wife Amber Henson and great niece Grace Henson, of Jonesborough, and nephew Brian Tapp of Jonesborough.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in D.L.s memory to Thelma Bennett, 1017 N. Elm St. Erwin, TN or monetary donations to the Alzheimers Association.
The family will receive friends and celebrate his life on Saturday, March 21 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM at Thelma Bennetts home, 1017 N. Elm Street in Erwin.