Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Dorothy Frances Overbay Bennett

August 8, 1927September 13, 2020

Sadly, we bid Mom goodbye, but we’ll see her again! Dorothy Frances Overbay Bennett left us on September 13, 2020 having lived a good, long life. She was the daughter of the late Jones H. Overbay and Ethel Odom Overbay Couch, but was lovingly raised by her grandparents, William Franklin and Nola Chuckey Tucker Odom. They were farming folks and she spoke affectionately of them, her growing up years on the farm and how much they meant to her. She reflected regularly on their integrity and hard work. They passed those virtues on to her.

This spunky, can-do young woman married a spunky, can-do young man named Lawrence Edward Bennett, whom she met on the farm. They never encountered a challenge they could not tackle successfully. Together they started Bennett’s Carpet Service in Johnson City. After his death, Mom put her bookkeeping skills to work for (the late) chiropractors W. L. Anderson and Lonnie Jackson. In addition to being great with numbers (helping her daughter learn how to use the slide rule in advanced math when Mom didn’t know what a slide rule was), Mom was a professional class seamstress and a great cook. She always said, “Anything worth doin’ is worth doin’ right.” She was frugal (able to stretch dimes into dollars), and practical in every aspect of life. She believed in planning ahead and being prepared. She always enjoyed reading and working a variety of puzzles to keep herself sharp. Anyone who ever met up with her became quickly aware of the self-confidence of this unique woman.

She leaves behind her son, Larry Edward Bennett and wife Deborah; her daughter, Debra Kay Sirois and husband Mark; her grandchildren, Robin Bennett, Rebecca Bennett Johnson and husband Jim, and Benjamin Bennett; her great-granddaughters, Helen and Sophia Johnson.

She is also survived by brothers William Overbay, Jack Overbay, and Bill Couch; sisters Fern Overbay Hilton and Barbara Couch Hutton; special sister-in-law Jean Garst Couch; special cousin David Odom; many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by brothers Gene Couch and George Couch, a sister Doris Couch Ray, step-brothers Bobby Couch and Leroy Couch, and loving step-dad Robert C. Couch.

Over the years, Mom had been a member of Westerly Heights Baptist Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, and King Springs Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes at each of these congregations.

Committal Service and Interment will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00PM in Garden of the Cross at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

Due to COVID-19, for everyone’s protection, all visitors are required to wear a mask and social distancing will be observed.

Many thanks to her very kind personal physician Dr. Jason Hatjioannou and his staff; the ER (Dr. Lee and Nurse Brittany), ICU 2900, and the Neuro ward at the Johnson City Medical Center; Amedisys Home Health; and Home Instead caregivers. Mom and her children experienced deep compassion and loving care from these kind people. God bless you all!

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Dorothy Frances Overbay Bennett and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


  • Committal Service & Interment

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Dorothy Frances Overbay Bennett

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Rick Kind

September 21, 2020

Kay and Larry,
So sorry to hear about your mom. I was just looking through the obits this morning and was stunned to see her picture. She was a great mentor and friend to me. I could always count on her for an honest opinion. She was a joy.

Tony & Carolyn Smith

September 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. God bless and know we're here if you need us.

Diana Good-Roland

September 16, 2020

I will never forget seeing and talking with you every time I was at Mom's mowing her yard. You would be taking your everyday walks.
You always timed it so I was almost finished. My husband Herman and you hit it off from the start and he would look down the road waiting to see you. This became a great gift, a blessing from us to you and you to us. We having been doing this for about 3 to 5 years. At the start of this year every time Herman would say where is Ms. Bennett? I would say its to hot for her to be out walking or she may be with Larry or Kay? So now you are walking around in heaven and when we mow or just think of you we"ll look up and know you are at peace with Lawrence.

American Legion Post 253

September 16, 2020

We are making a donation in Mrs. Bennett's honor to the Washington County Veterans Memorial Park.

David Frazier

September 16, 2020

We are thinking about you and the family. Hugs to you all.

Mae and Styron Harris

September 15, 2020

Debra and Mark, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mae and Styron Harris

Betty Correll

September 15, 2020

Dorthy was my aunt.She was the last Aunt I had to pass away. Iloved her Dearly. I have a lot of memories of her when I was growing up.She and my uncle Lawrence would come to our house nearly every Sunday to eat with us or take us on a picnic.There son Larry and daughter Kay. My sister and I would be looking and waiting for them.We would see who could get to Kay first.We loved that kid she was just as happy to see us. So happy for the memories that I have of Dorthy.She was always there for my mother and us.We could always depend on her to help us in any way.I am thankful having you for my Aunt.You will always have a special place in my heart. I love you Dearly. Love Betty Jo

Judy Haws

September 15, 2020

Kay, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know I am sending love, thoughts and prayers to you thru this difficult time.

Susan Kehs

September 15, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of your dear Mother's passing. I know how much she was loved. I am unable to attend the committal on Wednesday but my thoughts, prayers and love with be with you all.
Susan Kehs


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