Jimmy Bennett

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Jimmy L. Bennett, 74, of Lavonia, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Born January 20, 1940, in Royston, Georgia he was the son to the late Union and Mary Thornton Bennett. He was the husband of the late Mildred Lurlene Pitts Bennett. During more than thirty years of service in law enforcement, he served as Chief of Police for the city of Canon, Chief Deputy for Sheriff Jimmie Andrews of Franklin County, and retired from the City of Lavonia, after serving as Chief of Police for 23 years. He was member of the Georgia Chiefs Association, and the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association, where he was member of the year in 1999.

He is survived by his son Chad Bennett, Carnesville; daughter, Tracey Maxwell, Hartwell; stepson, Farris Lynch, Carnesville; four stepdaughters, Vicki Saunders, Hartwell, Barbara Nash, Commerce, Brenda Barrett, Demorest, and Dale Evans, Ivey, GA; six grandchildren, Ryan Hollingsworth, Seth Hollingsworth, Tanner Bennett, Baylee Bennett, Cheston Maxwell, and Kyli Maxwell; sister, Doris Bell, Canon, and brother, Billy Bennett, Atlanta.

Services will be Tuesday morning at 11am at the B D Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, with Rev Stacey Lynch and Chad Bennett. Interment will be in the Lavonia City Cemetery.

The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville. The family is at the home of his son, Chad Bennett, 415 Roebuck Rd, Carnesville. They will receive friends from 6 until 8pm Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorials in his memory may be made to the ¬†Franklin County Sheriff’s Office ¬†for the CHAMPS program, P. O. Box 310, Carnesville, Georgia 30521.


  1. Chad & Tracey, I am so sorry about the loss of y’all’s Dad. I just found out today. You both are in my prayers. Love y’all Debbie Wood

  2. Dear Chad and family,please accept our most sincere condolence for the
    loss of your Father and our friend.He and my brother were very good friends and
    saw some good and bad time together;your father was always there!
    Please be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kind Regards,
    Jack Andrews

  3. So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. Over the years he proved to be a great friend and a mentor to many of us in Law Enforcement. He always possessed superior knowledge concerning law enforcement issues and knew how to handle every situation. I was out of town and could not attend Jimmy’s funeral services, but my thoughts are with his family and close friends during this sad time.

    Stan Evans
    Jackson County Sheriff, Retired

  4. Chad: Sorry to hear of Jimmy passing. He would come by the P.D. and visit me even when he had to walk on his walking cane. He would come by and visit and we talked about the ole days of law enforcement. Praying for you and your love ones. Charlie

  5. Sorry for the loss of the Chief.

  6. Chad and Tracy you and your families have my sympathy. Jimmy was a true friend.

  7. Doris, it is 8:30 p.m. and I just found out about Jimmy. So sorry for your family’s loss. He was one of the good ole boys and I thought a lot of him.

  8. Randy ” Chops ” Smith
    October 14, 2014 - 5:05 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with y’all

  9. Robbie Moore and Margie Booth
    October 14, 2014 - 4:26 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was always a special friend to our family. I grew up knowing him and my parents thought the world of him. Our prayers are thoughts and with you all.

  10. Tracie, we are very sorry for your family. We will be praying for you and your family..

  11. Brandy and Bradley Deal
    October 13, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss you guys will be in my thoughts during this time of sorrow

  12. Kim Parsons Kilgore
    October 13, 2014 - 7:50 am

    You came into our family 16 years ago and became Poppa Bennett to my children. We will hold tight to our wonderful memories of you, and all the great times and laughs we shared along the way. Bryce’s heart is sad to lose you, but he understands that you are fully healed and walking those streets of Gold. Thank you for loving my children, and treating them the same as your own flesh and blood. We will never forget you Jimmy.
    Much Love,
    Kim, Greg, Zac, Brady, Bryce and Alyssa.

  13. Aaron and Sherry Gailey
    October 13, 2014 - 6:14 am

    So sorry for your Loss!!! Doris and family we are praying for your family at this time. Love You All!!!

  14. Chad, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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