Jesse George Bennett, 93, lifelong farmer and bass fisherman

Jesse George Bennett

CALABASH — Mr. Jesse George Bennett, aka “Papa Smurf,” 93, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare “Brunswick House,” Bolivia. Born Aug. 5, 1927, in Brunswick County, Jesse was a son of the late George Martin and Viola Bennett.

Jesse retired from the Brunswick County School System and was a lifelong farmer who also loved to garden and was an avid bass fisherman. He was a longtime member of Beulah Baptist Church, Calabash. He was a simple man who loved things in life like eating a good meal with family, time spent in the garden and just being productive. Some will fondly remember him saying, “God help the world,” “You’re as welcome as flowers in May,” or “Great Balls of Cornbread” when the situation called for it. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Doris Lucille Reaves Bennett in September 1984; sister, Juanita B. Bellamy; and brother, Henry Franklin Bennett.

Surviving are a son, Larry Gene Anderson, and his wife, Linda; two daughters, Barbara Gail B. Watts, and her husband, George Ernest Powers, and Marilyn Denise Bennett; grandchildren, April Michelle Spivey, and her husband, Benjamin Randall Spivey, Scott Anderson and Nicholas Anderson; and one great-grandchild, James Randall Spivey.

To honor his wishes, a private burial service will take place beside his wife in the Manley Bennett Cemetery.

The family requests, with gratitude, that donations be made in his name to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center, Brunswick House, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422 or

Share online condolences with the family at Michael J. Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee.

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