Alvin Gene Bennett

February 9, 1938August 27, 2020

Alvin Gene Bennett passed away at home, surrounded by his family on August 27, 2020. He was born on February 9, 1938, and was the son of the late Charlie Buford Bennett and Vestie Bennett. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeri Francine “Fran” Bennett, his two daughters: Christy Bennett (Chip Bennett) of Raleigh NC and Britte Bennett (Nate Aleksiewicz) of Salt Lake City, Utah, his two grandsons; William Thomas and Bennett Thomas and his siblings; Dorthaleen Hundley, Juanita Hall, and Betty Nichols. He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Johnson.

Alvin was quite a character and an interesting man. He enjoyed Smith Mountain Lake and lived there in his later years after being a resident of Bassett for most of his life. He was a founding member of the Blackwater Yacht Racing Club at the lake and raced sailboats there for more than twenty-five years. He moved on to golf at age 67 and finally broke 90 after 9 years of learning the sport.

Alvin graduated from Bassett High School in 1958 where he was an outstanding football and basketball player. He also attended Hargrave Military Academy on an athletic scholarship and East Carolina University from which he graduated in 1965. He was a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity where he made lifelong friendships. After graduating from college, Alvin taught school in Henry County for four years. He was the first teacher to integrate the staff of Mary Hunter School, an experience that changed his life and embedded a sense of responsibility for the fight for equity for all children.

After teaching, he joined his father in his construction business. Within two years, he was co-owner of Bennett-Nichols Construction. In this capacity, he served as the President of the Association of General Contractors in Southside Virginia and on the Henry County Review Board for Building Inspection for 22 years. After 23 years with Bennett-Nichols Company, he started Bennett Construction. He retired when he was 64 years old.

During his early years, Alvin was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Bassett Jaycees. He has served on the Board of Blackwater Racing Association for many terms up to the present time.

The family expresses a deep appreciation for his caregivers: Chasity Gravely and Sharon Yeager of Hospice who provided him with care, comfort and joy until the end.

Due to COVID, the family will have a private memorial service. In Alvin’s memory, please consider a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society or the Carilion Clinic Hospice of Franklin County.

Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA is proudly serving the family. Online memorials may be made at


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Alvin Gene Bennett

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Charlotte Young

September 8, 2020

Such a fun loving guy. Great to share our condo at the beach with such a nice couple. Sorry for your loss. God got a good one!

Joy Murray

September 7, 2020

Fran and family,
So sorry to lose one of our Beach Buddies Forever at Sea Castle Condo. Good to talk to Alvin recently. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. Hugs, Joy

warren theis

September 3, 2020

Fran & Family,
I knew Alvin since 1999 during my racing years at BYRA. He was very competitive in racing and a very socially enjoyable guy at the parties after the races.

The accomplishments during his life were many: athlete, college graduate, teacher, Kiwanis Club and Bassett Jaycees, co-owner of the family construction business then started Bennett Construction company and being on the Board for building inspection for Henry County.

My prayers are with you and your family

Mary Lee Tilley

August 31, 2020

Fran and family,
So sorry to hear about Alvin. Praying for all of yall.

Susan Holt

August 31, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Fran, Christy and the entire family. It was an honor to know Alvin. Praying for your comfort in this time of sorrow.

Jim Frith

August 31, 2020

To Ms. Bennett, Christy and Britte,
I am very sad to hear of our your loss of Alvin. It has been a while since I had seen him and we had a very good relationship. Our family always regarded Bennett-Nichols as a friendly competitor and always top flight as far as performance and integrity. I enjoyed many social conversations we had at social events when I saw him. He will always be remembered my me and at Frith Construction.
God bless you all,
Jim Frith

Boots Turner

August 31, 2020

Fran and family
So sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of Alvin and you. In school, Alvin and I were in the same Sunday School Class and through the years we really enjoyed being with you on the tennis court or at someone's home for an enjoyable evening. Keep the good memories always.

Linda Joyce

August 31, 2020


So sorry to hear about Alvin, he was as we said in our day, “the coolest dude”!

My prays are with you.....has been a sad year, but sweet memories!

Kirk McGuire

August 30, 2020

Many laughs and good times on Chortle.......

Tammy Stephens

August 30, 2020

Fran, Christy and Britte,
I have so many memories of Alvin! Your dad always welcomed me to your home both in Bassett, and Smith Mountain Lake. I have so many childhood memories with you all! I am deeply sorry for your loss and send you hugs and prayer!
Much Love,
Tammy Mabe Stephens


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