Jim S. Bennett was born north of Ralls June 25, 1907 to S.J. and Susan Bennett. He married Georgia Lee Bonner in April 1931. Georgia Lee was born in Ferris, Nov. 11, 1913. Gerogia Lee moved with her mother, Ethel Bonner, her brother and sister to Ralls in 1929. She was graduated from Ralls High School in 1930. Jim attended schools at Fairview, Cone, and Ralls.
Jim owned and operated Bennett Auto Supply in Ralls a number of years until his retirement. The Bennetts have two children, Bonner and Sylvia, who graduated from Lubbock High School. Sylvia attended Abilene Christian College. Bonner attended Lubbock Christian College and finished his degree at Texas Tech.
Sylvia is married to Doyle Champion and resides in Indianapolis, Ind. They have three children. Bonner and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Lubbock. Bonner is manager of Bennett Auto Supply and has one son.
When Jim attended school at Cone on the first day he was asked his name where upon he replied "Jim Bennett!" The teacher then asked "What´s your father´s name?" Jim answered, "his name is Bennett too!"
Source: "Crosby County History Book 1876-1977", Crosby County Historical Commission, ©1977
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Services for Jim S. Bennett, 76, of Lubbock will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Broadway Church of Christ with Ken Dye, minister, and Weldon Bennett of Dallas officiating.
Burial will be in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home of Ralls.
He died at 8:42 p.m. Thursday in Methodist Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Ralls, Bennett married Georgia Lee Bonner April 12, 1931, in Lovington, NM. He owned and operated Bennett Auto Supply for 46 years. He was a deacon of the Broadway Church of Christ since 1959 and a member of the Church of Christ since 1934. He was a member of Ralls Rotary Club for 20 years and the Lubbock Lions Club for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Bonner of Lubbock; a daughter, Sylvia Champion of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Sam L. of Ralls; four sisters, Mae Nicholson of White Deer, Elle Le Hew of Lubbock, Leatha Thomas of Wellington and Bill Darden of Lorenzo; and five grandchildren.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, May 26, 1984Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
Services for Georgia Lee Bennett, 82, of Lubbock were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Broadway Church of Christ with Rodney Plunket, minister, and Horace G. Coffman, associate minister, officiating.
Burial followed in the Ralls Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Ralls.
Mrs. Bennett died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 1996, at Lubbock´s Methodist Hospital following an illness.
She was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Ferris, Texas and she married James S. "Jim" Bennett April 12, 1931, in Lovington, NM. He preceded her in death May 24, 1984. She was a homemaker and a 1930 graduate of Ralls High School. She was an active member of the Broadway Church of Christ, and a member of the Adult Class IV. She was also a member of the Broadway Church of Christ Student Sweetheart Club. She was a member of the Garden Club and the Lubbock Senior Citizens. She and her husband were former owners of Bennett Auto Supply in Lubbock and Ralls. She moved to Lubbock in 1947 from Ralls.
Survivors include a son, Bonner of Lubbock; a doughtier, Sylvia Champion of Carmel, Ind.; a sister, Corrine Howell of Las Vegas, NM; six grandchildren, Max Champion, Rossi Champion, Freddi Champion Imel, Todd Bennett, Jami Bennett and Scott White; and one great granddaughter Alexandra Imel.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, March 29, 1996Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
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