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James Bennett

James F. Bennett

Sunday, November 8th, 1931 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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JAMES FLOYD BENNETT, 88, of Crescent City, Florida passed away peacefully at his home on September 9,2020 following an extended illness from kidney disease.
He was born and raised in New Lexington, Ohio and went on to establish a long career in aviation.  He taught flying at Ohio State before being hired by Pan American Airlines in 1955.  He flew for Pan Am for 30 years working his way to Captain and Check Captain.  The last six years of his career was with United Airlines as a Check Captain.  He logged over 38,000 international flight hours on every continent worldwide.  Before the jet age he started his flying career flying the DC-3 and completed it on the 747-100. 
James married Shirley Griffith on October 17, 1976 in Shawnee, Oklahoma where they made their home for 11 years.  In 1988 they moved to Eagle’s Nest Aerodrome west of Crescent City, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Nellie Bennett and a son, TJ  Bennett.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of 43 years; sister, Barb Able and brother, Jerry (Patti) Bennett.  He has three surviving children, Lynne (Jim) Shelton, Nancy Bennett and Suzanne Bennett. He has two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.  He also has three stepchildren, Ernie (Shannon) Cunningham, Melinda (Ken) Stahl and Eric (Darlene) Wisener; Ten step-grandchildren and twelve step-great grandchildren.  He also leavesbehind numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Crescent City, Florida.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation of Florida, 1040 Woodstock Road, Suite 119, Orlando, Florida 32803.
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    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    2725 US-17
    Crescent City, FL 32112
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John Able

Posted at 12:00am
I always enjoyed when Uncle Jim came to visit when we were growing up. He was such a gadget guy I couldn't wait to see the next neat or latest thing he would have obtained upon his travels. Always had one of the latest pocket computers, digital cameras & who knows what else. :) Once I started in the working world I received an award for a device that Uncle Jim "of course already had" I wore that device proudly just as he did. I still wear it today, which always reminds me of him. The device we shared. The Mont Blanc rollerball pen. He really liked that pen it lasted a heck of lot longer than those gadgets. :) My condolences to Aunt Shirley & family Prayers for all.

Amy Trunko

Posted at 12:00am
I have such fond memories of my Uncle Jim. I always looked forward to his visits and to spend time with him. He was always so much fun! My sincere condolences to my Aunt Shirley and the family. Love and prayers.

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