Reita Bennett

Published 4:51 pm Thursday, October 9, 2008

A native of Henderson County, she was a daughter of James Barnwell of Mosheim, Tenn., and of Joye Thompson Barnwell of Hendersonville.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Donovan Charles Bennett; five daughters, Rene McCall of Asheville, Donieca Arrowood of Weaverville, Katrina Petrey of Asheville, Diane Hampton of Leicester and Brenda Hipp of Landrum; two sons, Charles Bennett of Canton and Bradley Bennett of Candler; a brother, Clifton Barnwell of Etowah; a sister, Donna Darnell of Hendersonville; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mimi Page Foundation, 1420 N. Fork Road, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711-2514 or Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, N.C. 28813.

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