Alfred Herbert Bennett, 77, of Riner, Virginia, passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.
Herb gained his heavenly wings and now joins his parents, Dallas Ford Sr. and Lilly Dale Alfred Bennett, and sisters Joy Kanode and Ruby Agee.
Herb was born in Austinville, Va. As a minister’s son, the family moved frequently across Southwest Virginia before eventually settling in Christiansburg. He graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1961, where he discovered a passion for baseball. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1971. He worked for VDOTthe Virginia Department of Transportation, Homer Cox Ford, and Marks and Associates before partnering with his cousin Dale Byer to establish the survey company Byer, Bennett, and Associates. He was a member of Harbor of Hope Church, where he sang in the choir. He had an affinity for dogs including his beloved Labradors Bear and Jake and Border Collie Oakley.
He is survived by his wife Julia Young Bennett; sons Eric Z. Bennett and wife Peggy, and John H. King and wife Mindy; and grandchildren Darian Bennett, Alex Adams, Emily Graham, and Tyler Harrison.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to Harbor of Hope Church, P.O. Box 6264, Christiansburg, VA 24068.