Carline Bennett, 86, of Mineral Wells, left a narrow care facility bed and was then welcomed by her savior, Jesus Christ, into the fields of Heaven on March 26, 2020. She succumbed to several long-term illnesses.
A private graveside service attended by immediate family was held at Woodland Park Cemetery of Mineral Wells March 28, 2020. Funeral services were provided by Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home of Mineral Wells.
Carline was born in the family home located on Harberger Hill in Weatherford, Texas, on May 16, 1933. She was the youngest of four children born to her parents, W. E. and Nora Lamm. After graduating from Weatherford High School in 1950, she married Bill Bennett of Aledo, Texas, in 1951. The newlyweds moved to Washington, D.C., as Bill had been assigned to duty after joining the United States Air Force. On completing his enlistment, she and Bill then moved back to their home state, now with one child, and lived in Abilene where two more children joined the family. They next moved to Arlington then Pantego and finally settled in Mineral Wells in August of 1962. Mineral Wells became their “hometown” where the family grew to four children.
The young couple established two local businesses in Mineral Wells, Bennett Printing and Bennett’s Office Supply and Equipment. Both businesses are still in operation today under second-generation family ownerships.
Carline’s life was lived out as a wife, mother, homemaker, faithful worker and volunteer in numerous Baptist churches, business owner and “Memaw” to her seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her formal education ended with graduation from Weatherford High School. However, the little girl who grew up on the edge of a small rural town came to travel to four continents, behind the Iron Curtain, the Forbidden City in China and the rainforests of Brazil. Intellectually curious, she sought to quench her thirst of knowledge in a wide range of topics. She was a skilled genealogist and Anglophile who traced her family lineage to the Percy family of Northumberland, England. She enjoyed several trips to England enjoying her beloved Cotswolds with her family.
Carline was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bill. She is survived by four children; son, Skipper Bennett and wife, Nita; daughter, Kathy Bagwell and husband, Marty; son, Brian Bennett and wife, Annette; son, Brad Bennett; grandchildren; Rachel and husband, Austin; Becky, Nathan and wife, Katelyn; Katie and husband, Andrew; Bethany, Jake, Abby; and great-grandson, Alex.
Those wishing to donate in Carline’s memory may contribute to Parker County Historical Commission, Palo Pinto County Historical Commission or the Brazos Foundation.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Carline’s caregivers Lesha Estes, Ester Garcia and Gina Harris as well as the care provided by College Park Rehabilitation and Care Center in Weatherford.