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Albert Bennett

September 1, 1936 — November 23, 2020

Born in Carthage, TN on September 1, 1936 Departed on November 23, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: First United Methodist Church - GallatinFriday November 27, 2020 3:00pm to 6:00pmSaturday November 28, 2020 11:00am to 1:00pmCelebration of Life: First United Methodist Church - GallatinSaturday November 28, 2020 1:00pm
Mr. Albert "AL" Bennett

Born in Carthage, TN on September 1, 1936

Departed on November 23, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Friday November 27, 2020 3:00pm to 6:00pmSaturday November 28, 2020 11:00am to 1:00pmCelebration of Life: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Saturday November 28, 2020 1:00pm

Albert "Al" Allen Bennett, age 84 of Gallatin, TN, passed away November 23, 2020. Al was born September 1, 1936 in Carthage, TN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Adron Allen Bennett and Bessie Pettross Bennett. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ladye Lou Gregory Bennett; children, Melissa Bennett Wright (Scott), Phillip Bennett (Beth) and Myron Bennett; grandchildren, Eli Bennett and Max Bennett; brother, Harold Bennett (Peggy).

Al was known for his philanthropy and his generous giving of his time and efforts to civic and charitable organizations. Al's involvement in these organizations is too numerous to list. However, some of his most notable causes include active membership at Gallatin First United Methodist Church, Gallatin Noon Rotary Club, Nashville Corvette Club, 109 Cruisers Club and Sideview Fellowship Club. He served on the City of Gallatin Power Board, the Sumner County Board of Equalization, and Volunteer State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. He was a founding board member of Sumner Academy, former board member of First Tennessee Bank, and served on City of Gallatin Planning Commission.

Al's entrepreneurial endeavors included being President of National Refining Corporation and Capital Silver Service, Inc. He recognized the need for self-storage in Gallatin and opened Gallatin Mini Storage, the first facility of its kind for the city, in 1979. He was also involved in real estate development, stock investments, and venture capital.

While he was a diligent worker, he also enjoyed life spending time with his grandchildren and family. Al loved to travel the world with his wife, Ladye Lou, in quest for knowledge and discovering what was over the horizon. He cherished time spent with fellow Corvetteers by being actively involved in the Nashville Corvette Club. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee he was an avid Volunteer football fan as well as a Tennessee Titans fan. Other activities included taking care of his farm property, hunting and fishing, and taking motorcycle trips with his sons.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28th at Gallatin First United Methodist Church with Rev. James C. Johnson, Jr. officiating. To livestream the service, you may go to YouTube or the Facebook page of Gallatin First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday, November 27th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 28th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Gallatin First United Methodist Church Ramsey Hall. Interment will be in Dixon Springs Cemetery with Phillip Bennett, Myron Bennett, Scott Wright, Eli Bennett, Max Bennett, George McDonald and Wyatt Pleming serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Gallatin Noon Rotary Club and Nashville Corvette Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Gallatin Noon Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 182, Gallatin, TN 37066, Gallatin First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066 or Volunteer State Community College Foundation, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

29 Comments Lady Webber Hutchinson November 25, 2020 at 1:05 pm - Reply

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Glenn Warner November 25, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

We were BFF. We traveled together, raised our families together and enjoyed many aspects of life together. Worked together for years. Will miss him greatly and I send my best to Melissa, Phillip, and Myron and their families. Good Bye Friend.

Glenn Warner November 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

And to Ladye Lou, Covid-19 prevents me from being there. My prayer is that may God surround with his love and the love of friends, now and in the future.
You have a wonderful family to lean on for help, aid, and assistance. Please rely on them, they love you very much. I miss you guys and will miss Al so much but we have our memories to sustain us.

Glenn Warner November 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

And to Ladye Lou. Covid-19 prevents me from being there but my prayer is that May God surround with his love and the love of friends now and in the future. You have a wonderful family who love you so much. Rely on for help, aid, and assistance. Use that love to bring you through these days and in the future. I will miss Al but we have our memories to sustain us.

Jon November 25, 2020 at 5:29 pm - Reply

I am so sorry to hear this. I have know Al for a long time, from my days at Kroger, Rotary, and to the present. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jon Weidner

Lois Key Taylor November 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm - Reply

Ladye Lou, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

charles ragland November 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm - Reply

Al was a dear friend, and always had a smile on his face when he saw me, where ever we were. He fished with us on Kentucky Lake and would ask me about the fishing each time I saw him.

Anne Cole November 25, 2020 at 8:22 pm - Reply

Al was a special person and we grew up only a few miles from each other, graduated from high school together and was at UT the same time. He and Ladye Lou were wonderful people. Al will certainly be missed. So happy that their children are close.

Tammy and Joey Duran November 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm - Reply

Ladye Lou, Myron and the whole Bennett family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hold each other close for it does make it easier to bare the loss of such a fine man. We’re thinking of you all during your time of sorrow.

Betty & Don Parks November 25, 2020 at 8:58 pm - Reply

We were so saddened to hear of Al’s passing. He was a true Southern Gentleman that will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Al was always one of the first people at Corvette events to ask what he could do to help. His 1959 Corvette was always loved and admired at the National Conventions. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ladye Lou and the family.

Ann Baumgartner November 26, 2020 at 12:56 am - Reply

Ladye Lou,Melissa, Phillip and Myron,

Shocked to hear of Al’s passing. Bob and I are lifting each of you up in prayer. May God put His arms of comfort and peace around each of you. Al left a legacy for each of you. Gallatin has lost a true servant. Dad,Raymond Gregory, thought so much of Al and your family.

With sympathy,
Ann Gregory Baumgartner

Morris & Glenda Myers- Granville,TN November 26, 2020 at 1:23 am - Reply

Such a fine family- sending prayers during this difficult time-

Russ Case November 26, 2020 at 12:18 pm - Reply

We are saddened to learn of Al's passing. He was a pillar of the community. Condolences to Ladye Lou, Melissa, Phillip and Myron. Our memories of the Bennett family and Summner Academy will always occupy a fond place in our heart.

Russ, Bonnie and Kelly Case
Charlotte, N.C.

Tom Neal, Jr November 26, 2020 at 9:12 pm - Reply

Seems as though we travelled half the world with Al and Ladye Lou..
Western USA, Belize, Aruba and local memberships to Nashville Symphony and T-Pac.
Shared Rotary work days, Sideview Club and Breakfast club, until Pandemic. He was generous with time and talent.

AL, Ladye Lou, Betty and I

, “Built Mansions of Memories”

Sandi & Gary Jones November 28, 2020 at 3:42 am - Reply

Words cannot express the shock of hearing the sad news of Al’s passing. He was certainly a wonderful caring human being. One that we all admired. Glad we got to see you both in Florida. We will all meet up again so until that time….sweet Ladye Lou….you have so many wonderful memories to hold onto. God Bless you and your children.

Bill Hovenden November 26, 2020 at 10:38 pm - Reply

What a wonderful individual. He set an example for the rest of us to follow. As a founding Board Member of Sumner Academy he gave not just of his wisdom but of his time as well. I will never forget the hours he put in when I needed help covering all the walls in the gym with plastic shower curtains. When the gym was built nothing covered the instillation on all the walls. Consequently, whenever a volleyball or basketball hit the wall it split the thin covering. It didn’t take long before the walls were a sad sight and not representative of the school’s high standards.
With nearly one hundred white plastic shower curtains from Lowes and enough scaffolding to reach the top of all the gym walls, Al and I undertook what turned out to be a week-long project . It was late Friday night (11:00 o’clock !) and we had at least three hours of work left to do. I suggested we call it quits and come back the next morning. “Nah, let’s just finish it now” was the response I got —-and finish it we did ! A very dear friend who taught me much !

Bob Dyer November 27, 2020 at 4:52 pm - Reply

Al will be missed by all of us. He was my boss, my UT game day companion, my mentor with investments, my sidekick in mowing Sumner Academy, my farmer buddy raising calves on the Dyer farm, my respected family man that was an example for all, and a true Christian friend that I respected greatly. You are wearing your UT orange in heaven today. Rest In Peace my friend….

Metts & Alysia Hardy November 28, 2020 at 1:16 am - Reply

Lady, Alysia and I are so saddened by the loss of Al. He was a great person with the biggest of hearts and cared for everyone he knew. We will have fond memories of our time with Al in the Corvette club. His personality was larger than life itself. May God give you and your family peace and strength during this time.

Sarah Marie Smith November 28, 2020 at 3:58 pm - Reply

My heart goes out to all the family. Al was such a special person… a true gentleman who did so much for so many. He will be greatly missed.

Susan Phillips November 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

I enjoyed serving in the Gallatin Noon Rotary with Al. He was a great example of a Rotarian by demonstrating service above self. Additionally, we are both raised in Smith County and he brought that up very often. Praying for peace for his family and friends. Susan Phillips, Gallatin Noon Rotary

Andrea J Keesling November 28, 2020 at 6:24 pm - Reply

We are so sorry for your loss
Mr Bennett was a wonderful landlord, Would do what ever he could to help you out
Steve Parkhurst and Andrea Keesling will miss him dearly.

Keri F. November 29, 2020 at 3:35 am - Reply

So saddened to hear of Mr. Bennett's passing. He was good to my mom until the end. I'll never forget his kindness. Love to his family and friends.

Toney Hodges November 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear of a great loss. Al Bennet was a great man in many ways. He will always be known as the kindest, friendliest, and most caring person I ever met. He made you feel like you were one of his family members as he was a great man. Lady Lou you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Just know that heaven has gained a Fantastic Angel and we have lost a Saint. May your memory live on and may you Rest in Peace Al Bennet.

Ron Hosse November 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm - Reply

I just learned about Al's passing today. His family members are in my prayers.

Ron Hosse November 30, 2020 at 9:07 pm - Reply

I just learned today about Al's passing. His wife and other family members are in my prayers.

Janet Angellll December 2, 2020 at 12:23 am - Reply

So sorry to hear. We juts found out. He was one of a kind. Bill and JanetAngell.

Ken and Melanie Miller December 4, 2020 at 6:09 am - Reply

We are so sorry for your loss. Al will be sorely missed and forever in our thoughts.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will have fond memories of our time we shared with Al.

Barry Davis December 9, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

I haven’t seen Al in years since I left Middle Tennessee. When I was a fresh college graduate he was one of my first clients in 1980. He was a man of integrity and a great role model for a young man. He was also just a pleasure to be around.

Veda Estep March 12, 2021 at 7:36 am - Reply

Lady Lu and family…I just heard of Al’s passing… I am deeply sorry. My heart is heavy because Al was like a father to me… he was a great man with a heart of gold. He helped me to see my potential and encouraged me to do remarkable work. I met him over 20 years ago. We worked together during several real estate transactions… he helped me in so many ways.. he is dearly missed by many.. and diffinately missed my me. My condolences to the family…

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