OBITUARY

Michael "Mike" Bennington

June 1, 1954September 27, 2020
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Michael "Mike" Bennington, 66, of Burleson, Texas passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home in the Chapel of Faith 5701 Hwy. 277 S. in Abilene. Interment will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive guests for a come and go visitation on Thursday evening from 4:30-8:30 PM. Please be mindful the maximum capacity for both services is 75 people please follow the direction of funeral home staff once you arrive for either service. The family requests that masks be worn.

Michael was born on June 1, 1954 to the late Amos Harry and Mildred "Arbutus" (Holbrook) Bennington in Oak Hill, Ohio. He grew up and was raised in South Webster Ohio. Michael and his siblings grew up close together often looking out for each other and enjoying the usual fun and mischief that siblings create. He graduated from Bloom Local High School. After High School Michael met and married Sandy Rae Coley and together they raised three daughters until her passing and then Michael became a single father relocating to Texas to raise the girls in Abilene. He later married Karen Dornbush, and together they raised six children before her passing. While in Abilene he worked at Crown Cork & Seal for 22 years before company restructuring relocated him to Longview, TX. On September 1, 2004 he married Carla Davidson and together they each joined their families together to create a large extended family. After a couple of moves Michael and Carla settled in Burleson where Michael was a lead Mechanic with Ball Metal Containers. He enjoyed many friendships with coworkers and training new employees.

Michael was a bass fishing enthusiast, a hobby that he invested a lot of his time, and resources into. He enjoyed creating memories with his family. Michael will be remembered for wearing whatever hat was necessary at the moment to help someone. He fit into many roles to make the lives of those around him easier. He had a unique sense of humor that helped to sustain him as he has dealt with health challenges. His legacy will be that of a loving husband, devoted, father, cherished brother, caring grandfather, and a loyal friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and oldest sister, Betty Prickett. He is survived by his wife Carla Davidson Bennington; his children, Debby Reiling (Steve) of Mansfield, TX, Liana Corey of Ft. Worth, Amie Simmons (Shane) of Bartlett, TN, Janan Holland (Bobby) of Potosi, Joseph Bennington(April) of Merkel, and Michael Bennington of Austin, Michelle Gonzales (David), Jayme Gonzales, and Bo Davidson; his siblings, Dale Bennington (Carol), Donna Eales (Bob), Paul Bennington (Ronda); 16 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Gonzales, Jr.
  • David Gonzales, Sr.
  • John Hall
  • Justin Nix
  • Butch Bennington
  • Bo Davidson
  • Bradley Benson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 2, 2020

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  • Interment

    Friday, October 2, 2020

Memories

Michael "Mike" Bennington

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Liana Corey

October 5, 2020

Growing up, I loved gymnastics. I would run around the house doing cartwheels and handstands, and Dad would chide me to stop before I hurt myself. One year, I must’ve been 11 years old, my siblings and I were playing on the swing set outside. I did some crazy gymnastics on the slide and cut my foot badly. Dad had to take me to the hospital to get it stitched up. It’s funny, I don’t remember the pain or the fear while getting the stitches, what I remember from that day is Dad carrying me out of the hospital and announcing that we were all going out for pizza. During those days, we had a house full of kids—mine, yours, ours, and well, other people’s children. Dad worked hard to provide for all of us.

Liana Corey

October 5, 2020

My mom met Mike in 1976, when I was just four years old. They married the next year. I can remember seeing him as a tower of strength, and that that felt very safe to me. He was strong in body and in heart. This is one of my favorite photos of us, it was taken that year.

David Hoffman

October 3, 2020

I worked days at Ball Corporation, one day I decided to go to nights. Well I was sent with mike Bennington crew. We were both Leads at Ball. Well working together we built a really great friendship. We would work hard when needed to, and we would laugh hard as well. We would laugh so hard it felt like we couldn’t breathe sometimes. As time went on I felt good around him. He was my friend. I will miss mike, and all the good times we’ve had together. His wife Carla was a really nice person as well. I only met her once but was so hospitable . I will miss his stories, and jokes. Heaven just received a special person.

God bless you Carla and entire family.

Dave Hoffman

Joey Bennington

September 30, 2020

Joey Bennington

September 30, 2020

Case Michael and Karleigh Sue exciting about visiting Pops.

Joey Bennington

September 30, 2020

I’ll never forget the day Pops caught this fish. He let me skip school that day and took me fishing. We went out to Brown Ranch in his old 64 Chevy truck, put the little John boat in the water and off we went. We were sitting out there, me probably getting on his nerves 😂, and Dad casts out and immediately yanks back and says I got one. Then he yells out it’s a big one Joey. I got all excited watching and cheering as he reeled that fish in. It was a fighter too. After finally getting it in the boat Dad said son, this is the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. We were both extremely excited. We put the fish on the stringer and set back to fishing. The fish kept turning that little boat as it was swimming around trying to get loose. Me and Dad just laughed and laughed in our excitement. I sure am going to miss making memories like this with him.

Jayme Gonzales

September 30, 2020

Jayme Gonzales

September 30, 2020

Robert Eales

September 30, 2020

Mike and I traveled from South Webster, OH to Abilene, TX to look for work in 1981. We drove an old Chevy pickup that had seen its better days but we both looked forward to the trip. We discussed what we wanted to do to get both of our families to Texas as soon as possible. We both went into the oilfield aspect and have stayed close for all these years. He was a brother to me and was always there to support anything I tried. I have tried to be there for him and that closeness is what I will always remember. He will be missed by so many and loved by more.

Donna Eales

September 30, 2020

Once after Mike had his car and license he would take me to Dairy Queen. We both ordered chicken fried steak. During the meal, I dropped my napkin on the floor. As I leaned down to get it the side of my face and hair went right in the gravy. When I sat up I had it everywhere. He started laughing and the more I tried to wipe it out of my hair the more I got in it. Everyone in there started looking to see what was so funny. He laughed until he cried and had to go outside to catch his breath. Every time we sat down he’d always say Sis don’t drop your napkin on the floor. My response has always been to make a face at him and watch my napkin and laugh with him and he always paid for my meals. The mold was broken when he was made. So many precious memories!

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