It is with great
regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Andy
Bennett, on November 27, 2014, in Cleveland, TN, after a long, courageous
battle with multiple sclerosis.
Andy is survived by
wife of 51 years, Nancy; children, Dana Caywood (Mikel), Andrew III (Marta), and
Edward Todd (Kori); grandchildren, David Caywood, James Caywood, Todd
Caywood, Andrew Bennett IV, Abigail Bennett, Grayson Bennett, Sidney Bennett,
Parker Bennett, and Walker Bennett; and great grandchildren, Crissie Caywood,
Daxton Caywood, and Noah Caywood.
Visitation will be
from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, December 2 and 1:00-2:00 on
Wednesday, December 3 at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Rd NE, Cleveland, TN
The funeral service
will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 3 at First Baptist Church. Burial
will follow the funeral service.
Jim Rush Funeral
Home in Cleveland, Tennessee, is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be
sent to Nancy at 351 King Den Drive NW, Cleveland, TN 37312.
In lieu of flowers,
the family asks that donations in Andy's memory be made to National MS Society,
P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Andy. Be thou at peace.
Judge Andrew Franklin Bennett, Jr.
Andrew Franklin Bennett, Jr., 77, of Cleveland, was born on Thanksgiving Day,
November 25, 1937, and passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014 after
a lengthy battle with progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
He was a native and longtime resident of Cleveland and attended First Baptist
Church. He grew up on his parents’ dairy farm in Waterville, TN and graduated in
1956 from Bradley Central High School after being elected student body
president. He joined the National Guard and earned the rank of Sergeant before
being accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon
graduation from USMA in 1961, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer.
He served nine years active duty in the United States Army with tours in White
Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Korea;
and Da Nang, Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device, Army
Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,
Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.
He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee in
1973, at which time he served in the Army Reserves. During his years in the
reserves, he was a liaison to West Point for seven Tennessee counties and served
at the Pentagon and assisted in the development of the Nike anti-ballistic
missile system. He retired as a Colonel after over 20 years of uniformed
After law school, he served as an attorney in Knox and Bradley Counties before
being elected as General Sessions Court Judge in 1981. He served in this
capacity for 24 years, retiring in 2006. He was active in his community through
teaching Sunday School, singing in the church choir, and participating in the
Kiwanis Club, Teen Challenge, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, West Point
Parents' Club, and Civitan Club.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Carol Bennett; his parents,
Andrew Franklin, Sr. and Clara Renner Bennett; one sister, Lillian Colleen
Bennett, and three brothers-in-law: Robert Davis, Joe Dement, and Wilburn
Boring. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Walker Bennett; his
daughter Dana Bennett Caywood (Mikel), of Kingsport; his son Andrew Franklin
Bennett, III (Marta) of Lenoir City; his son Edward Todd (Kori) Bennett, of
Franklin. Surviving grandchildren are David Andrew Caywood (Nikki) of Kingsport,
James Mikel Caywood (Mia) of Kingsport, and Todd Daniel Caywood (Samantha) of
Watford City, North Dakota. Also surviving him are grandchildren Andrew Franklin
Bennett, IV and Abigail Elizabeth Bennett of Lenoir City; Grayson Clara Bennett,
Sydney Estelle Bennett, Walker David Bennett, and Parker Edward Bennett of
Franklin, and three great-grandchildren: Crissie Grace Caywood, Noah Mikel
Caywood, and Daxton Heath Caywood, all of Kingsport. He was the seventh of
thirteen children, eleven of whom survive him: Geraldine Dement, Swanson Bennett
(Nina), Maureen Dement (John), Billie Lou Wooten (Wylie), Bernice Boring,
Raymond Bennett (Bettye), Laverne Easterly (Jack), Laura Bennett, Katherine
Gibson (Steve), Brenda Medlin (Ron), and Olin Bennett (Nadine). He is survived
by dozens of nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at
2:00 P. M. from the First Baptist Church with Dr. Alan Lockerman officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 9:00
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Rd. here in
Cleveland. Judge Bennett will also lie in state from 1:00 until 2:00 Wednesday
just before the services at the Church. The North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush
Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.
Taps Memorial Article:
Andrew F. Bennett Jr.
Cullum No. 23514-1961 | November
27, 2014 | Died in
Interred in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, TN
Andrew Franklin Bennett Jr.
was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1937 in the Waterville community of Cleveland,
TN. Seventy-seven years later, he died on Thanksgiving Day 2014.
Franklin was the seventh of 13 children of the Bennett family. He grew up on
his parent’s dairy farm, where he helped to raise calves among his many farm
chores. His first thoughts about West Point occurred while perusing the World
Book Encyclopedia with a friend. After graduating from high school as student
body president, Franklin joined the National Guard and earned the rank of
sergeant before being accepted to the United States Military Academy.
At West Point, “Andy” was the epitome of the perfect cadet. He had no
difficulty with the military, physical, or academic phases of cadet life,
graduating in the upper half of his West Point class.
One day, during French class, he was told by his French instructor that he
would never pass the French course because he pronounced French words with his
terrible Tennessee accent. But Andy persevered and was able to get through the
course. In sports, Andy used his athletic ability to become a member of the
Army Lacrosse Team. His team won the national lacrosse championship in 1961.
Andy’s leadership potential was recognized early on at West Point, and he was
selected to be a cadet lieutenant his senior year.
At graduation in June 1961, Andy was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
Field Artillery branch. During his first year of active duty, Andy completed
the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK and graduated from
both the U.S Army Ranger and Airborne schools as well. While a student in his
basic course, he met his future wife, Nancy Walker. They were married after he
returned from his first assignment in the field, a one-year tour with a Field
Artillery unit in Korea.
Their marriage produced four children, two sons and two daughters. One daughter
died in infancy. At the time of his death, they also had nine grandchildren and
He served on active duty for nine years, with subsequent tours at the White
Sands Missile Range, NM; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Sill; and Da Nang, Vietnam, where
he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device. Upon his return from
Vietnam he resigned from the regular Army, joined the U.S Army Reserves, and
attended law school at the University of Tennessee, receiving his Doctor of
Jurisprudence in 1973. During his years in the reserves he was a liaison officer
to West Point for seven Tennessee counties, and he served at the Pentagon,
assisting in the development of the Nike anti-ballistic missile system. He
retired from the Army Reserves as a colonel with over 24 years of military
service. His promotion ceremony to colonel took place during one of his liaison
visits to West Point.
After law school Andy began his legal career as an attorney in Knox and Bradley
counties in Tennessee before being elected as General Sessions Court judge in
1981. He served as a judge for 24 years, retiring in 2006. He was once told by a
lawyer friend that he would have no problems in his bids for reelection because
no one was brave enough to face a campaign against Nancy and his nine sisters.
His lengthy term on the bench was marked by his strict adherence to the law,
tempered with compassion and understanding for those who stood before him. He
was widely admired for his work on the bench.
One significant challenge that Andy encountered was his diagnosis with
progressive multiple sclerosis in the 1980s. Despite eventual use of a
wheelchair and the extreme physical obstacles that MS caused, he persevered in
his goal of serving his family, his church, and his community.
Throughout his career he remained very active in his community through teaching
Sunday School, singing in his church choir, and participating in the Kiwanis
Club, Teen Challenge, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, West Point Parent’s Club,
and Civitan Club.
Andrew Franklin Bennett lived an exemplary life; a life based on the West Point
values of Duty, Honor, Country; values to which he strongly adhered.
— Classmate and friend