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Obituaries, week of Dec. 26: Bennett and Minor

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

Francis Marion Bennett III

Francis Marion Bennett III (Frank), 83, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Richmond Place Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late John C.F. and Foster Taliaferro Bennett. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack, Billy and James   Bennett. He spent seven years of his childhood with his family in Puerto Rico before attending Virginia Episcopal School and graduating from Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Virginia.

He attended The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, before volunteering to join the armed forces in Korea. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during the Battle for the Punchbowl in North Korea on September 11, 1951.

After a nine-month recovery in a military hospital, Mr. Bennett started his career with Commercial Solvents in Horse Cave, Kentucky. His long career included positions in Lexington, St. Louis, Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., Naugatuck, CT, and Glasgow, KY.  For the last twenty years of his career, he was President and CEO of Southern Explosives Corporation, Glasgow, KY and afterwards retired to Lexington, KY.

Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue Barbara Gaines Bennett; his daughter, Kay Foster Bennett Saffari (Behnam Saffari); his son, Frank Gaines Bennett (Jill Peterson Bennett), and four grandchildren, Cyrus Saffari, Susie Saffari, Katherine Bennett, and Francis Marion Bennett, IV. Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 20 from 4-7 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, and from 1-3 pm on Friday, Dec. 21 at Ramsey Funeral Home in Lancaster, KY. The funeral was held Friday at Ramsey Funeral Home with burial in  Lancaster Cemetery with military honors by the Caswell Saufley Post #18.

The family requests donations to the U.S. Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment in lieu of flowers.

Arthur W. “A.W.” Minor, Jr.

Arthur W. “A.W.” Minor, Jr., 72, of Warsaw, passed away on December 17, 2012. He was the son of Arthur and Lillian Minor. A.W. was a kind hearted, likable person, who had many friends. His hobby was making repairs; he liked collecting and found a use for everything. He knew the Lord as his savior. He is survived by his two sisters, Bertha Minor Hall of Warsaw and Helen Minor of Arlington.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Welcome Grove Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Reverend Willard Bowen officiated.