“Great Man”, “Generous”, “Loving”, “Big Teddy Bear”, “Gentle Spirit”, these are the first thoughts that Durwood’s family had when asked to describe who he was. His daughter, Barbara Hampton said he was a loving father, soft spoken, but he had a playful side; he enjoyed playing jokes and pranks on his family. His sister, Joan McWilliams, referred to Durwood as the “Best Brother- Ever!” she also recalled how she called him “Bubble” and he called her “Sissa Babe” when they were kids. Sister Ruth of Harvest Chapel where he had been active for over 30 years noted that he was a deacon, played guitar, and was always available to help out; he will be missed by her and the entire congregation. In addition to his self-taught music skills, Durwood was a good woodworker; he made some furniture and even worked on clocks.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the chapel at Dorman Funeral Home. Services Honoring the Life of Durwood Bennett will be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Niblets Bluff Cemetery on Hwy 109 in Vinton, LA. Sister Ruth of Harvest Chapel will be officiating.
Durwood is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Virgie Lea Bennett; and his first wife, Joann Bennett.
Durwood is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Nikki Bennett; daughters, Barbara Hampton, Kimberley Pirtle, and Lisa Evans, and son-in-law, Trey; granddaughters, Nikki King (he would often tell her that he “loved her bigger than the biggest watermelon), and wife, Raquel, Ryle Nation, Carlie Evans, Kristen McGee, and Alisha Eastman; 2 grandsons, Cory McGee, and Eric Pirtle; 12 great grandchildren, with a mention for Cadience Grace Evans, who could put a special sparkle in Durwood’s eyes; a sister, Joan Mc Williams; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.
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