Kenneth Wayne Bennett

Born August 19, 1952

With profound sadness we announce the passing of our uncle Kenneth Wayne Bennett this past week. He was a true one of a kind character who brought humor and happiness into the lives of everyone who met him. Always the life of the party, the writer of legendary family vacation songs, master storyteller of the famous Granny Stories, and nose honking extraordinaire.

He was born to Ethia Mae Haydel Bennett in Houston, TX on August 19th, 1952. He was preceded in death by his wife Lee Lieberman-Bennett, parents Dencil & Ethia Bennett, beloved sister Shirley Elkins and her husband Lee Roy Elkins. Here to lovingly remember and celebrate his life are nephews Gary Elkins & Michael D Elkins along with their wives (and honorary nieces) Julie and Debbie Elkins. Also survived by Great Nieces & Great Nephews, Crystal Elkins Boyd and husband Jody “Jodith” Boyd, Great Nephew Jeremy “JR” Elkins and wife Courtney Elkins, Elizabeth “Elizabethean” Elkins, and Rachael Elkins Fredrich and husband Brian Fredrich. Becoming an uncle at 2 years of age gave him lots of practice and time to perfect being the perfect uncle to us all, so he was promoted to Great, Great Uncle by Averie Boyd, Cooper Boyd, Autumn Elkins, Cadence Elkins, and Parker Fredrich.

Kenneth was a member of Braeswood Assembly of God Church while he lived in Houston and a member of Salt Lake Christian Center while he lived in Utah. During his time as a member of these churches he helped the youth drama departments and with his flare for the dramatic he performed, directed and wrote many musical and theater productions.

We will be celebrating his life on Tuesday 2/11 at 3pm with a graveside service at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery (13102 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77060) followed by a memorial gathering in the funeral home on the grounds. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Braeswood Assembly of God Church in memory of Kenneth Bennett.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • Memorial Gathering

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Kenny Landmon

February 10, 2020

Ken was a wonderful friend. He was a special part of my family. He taught me a lot about acting and performance. I owe a lot to him. He also taught me kindness and service. Having spent hours with him writing and crafting scripts he was incredibly patient with me in my adolescent years of pride and foolishness.

He was a much needed ear at some crucial points in my life. He was a great listener, a good secret keeper, and a trusted confidant. I love him and will miss him dearly, but I am looking forward to laughing with him again in the presence of our King.

Ken was a man who loved the Lord dearly and God was never far from his lips. Always offering insight and strength in matters of the heart and of the spirit.

From family trips to special meals he was always a true character. His laugh could peel the paint off the walls and at first it took some getting used to. We would always have a catch phrase he would create and then later run into the ground and I will miss all of it. Even his beloved Tommy the Tastebud idea that I always hated.

He was an incredible talent and a huge heart. For all his shenanigans He was always willing to listen and to encourage and he saw depth in things that others often miss.

He told me he loved me like a son. I love you too Ken. Thankful for our time together this side of eternity.

Nathan Landmon

February 10, 2020

Ken was one of my favorite people in the whole world. I'll miss riffing on ideas for writing scripts, playing Tripoli, creating running jokes, visits from out of town, Irish dinners, road trips, and sharing a great love of life. He brought me into everything he loved including jazz, Hallmark, singing, theatre, and just learning to let yourself have fun. Ken was incredibly generous in his time, energy, creativity, and resources. I'm not sure I've ever laughed more with anyone. It's hard to talk about him without smiling or saying "remember that time when..." because he filled life with such joy. He gave us all a happiness to aspire to in our own lives. He was that rare stuff, full of gracious, kind, and real faith in God while also squeezing all the fun out of life. I'll never forget you buddy.

Audrey (Messersmith) Grey

February 10, 2020

My brothers and I were introduced to Kenny when we were babies at Braeswood. I remember the joy he shared with us honking and goofing around with us as we grew up there. His friendship with our parents was also very special and a memorable part of my childhood. Heaven gained a magnificent personality this week!

Irene Shooter

February 10, 2020

I never had the privilege of meeting Kenneth in person, but he married my very dear friend of over 30 years Lee. His kindness and love for her was so heart warming. He had planned to visit me this past summer here in Round Rock, but never mad it. I will miss the text messages and occasional phone conversations with him. Rest in peace my friend.

Mark & Char Landmon

February 9, 2020

How do you say goodbye to one who has been so dear! We, as a family, loved Ken like he was one of our own. He has brought us so much joy and given us so much love and many many happy memories. We have shared ideas, road trips, long conversations, script writing, meals, drama productions, singing in choirs and trios, holidays, many good times and a few sad ones as well, over the years. He came and visited us in California and Oregon after we no longer lived in Salt Lake. There was always so much laughter.....he always brought joy to any situation. He truly was a part of us! He will be in our hearts forever! We will see you again someday dearest friend!

Allison Coley

February 8, 2020

Kenneth and I worked at JCPenneys in the jewelry department. He made every single day fun and made all of us smile and chuckle under our breath as we try to serve our customers with serious professionalism. He met my parents one time and from then on they were greeted with warmth and energy. He taught me everything about the jewelry and how to fix watches. He was a joy to be around. He will be in my heart forever. When I grow up I want to be a light just as he was.

Kathie Russell

February 7, 2020

I met Kenneth at SAGC in 1971. We were in drama together, playing the parents of Dennis Whaley in “The Perfect Idiot”. Had no idea that he would be the best man in my wedding to Jimmy Rush and later become uncle to my sister, Julie, who would marry Gary Elkins, Kenneth’s nephew! I have enjoyed Kenneth’s wonderful sense of humor for many years. He was truly a gentleman and a sweet Christian. Kenneth will be greatly missed!


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