Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA


Joan S. Bennett

June 10, 1935March 23, 2020

Joan Sheppard Bennett, 84, went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 23, 2020. A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. A Celebration of her life will be scheduled and hosted at Northside Christian Church in Macon, GA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northside Christian Church, 5024 Northside Drive, Macon GA 31204 or the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Avenue, Macon GA 31204.

Joan was born in Savannah, Georgia to the late John Franklin Sheppard, Sr. and Gertrude Ford Gillen Sheppard. She was preceded in death by her husband; Ralph Milton Bennett, Sr. and brother; John F. Sheppard, Jr. Joan attended schools in Florida and graduated from Miami Edison High School in Miami, FL. Joan was a devoted member of Northside Christian Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt.

A special thanks to our family and friends for the gracious outpour of love, thoughts and prayers during our loss. Additionally, we would like to thank Northside Christian Church for the friendship and kindness they have extended our mother over the past 20 years, Our special thanks to the Gaming Girls who made each event and meeting an exciting time for our wonderful mother.

She is survived by her children; Ralph (Lucy) Bennett, Jr., Debbie Ashburn, Grant (Kathy) Bennett, Phillip (Janice) Bennett, grandchildren; Christy (Casey) Dryden, Nicholas Bennett, Garrett Bennett, Matthew Ashburn, Emily Bennett, Erin Bennett, great grandchildren; Chloe and Bennett Dryden, twin sister; Jean Sheppard Russell and sister; Mayo Eagledove, brothers; Millard Gillen, Jack Gillen Tex Gillen and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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Randall Douthit

March 26, 2020

To the Bennett Family,
We offer our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Mother. We know you are receiving peace because she was such a fine Christian lady, wife, mother and grandmother.
We pray that God will be with each of you in a special way and continue to bless you all.
Randy and Shirley Douthit

Bill & Bobbie Vowell

March 25, 2020

To Joan's Family
We are so sorry for your loss of Joan. She was a wonderful person and friend.
It was also a great loss for us, she will be missed by us all. It was such a blessing to have known her, work with her at the Church, be in Sunday School and worship with her.
She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Her family meant a lot to her.
She was a faithful follower and believer in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. We will miss her greatly.

richard bennett

March 25, 2020

I was heart broken to hear Aunt Joan was taken but happy she could be with Uncle Ralph again. They were two of the kindest and most giving people I ever knew. You will always be missed and we all love you!

Pamela Mullin

March 25, 2020

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Bennett family for over 40 years - Mrs. B always had that beautiful smile on her face and kind words of wisdom or encouragement in whatever the situation may be. I am a better person for having known her. She will be forever remembered for her incredible spirit and strong faith in the good Lord above.

Alison Evans, CEO The Methodist Home

March 25, 2020

On behalf of the children, staff and trustees of The Methodist Home for Children, we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences. May the peace and presence of God be near today and in the days ahead.

Jim Lilly

March 25, 2020

So many wonderful memories of a faithful woman who had such a love for others and a passion for serving. Funniest request she ever asked was for me to sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" at Ralph's service.She had the biggest grin on her face and we both knew Ralph's foot would be tapping along. Love and prayers to the family, we will all miss her.

Andy Banks

March 25, 2020

All my love and prayers to Phillip, Grant, Debbie, and Ralph, Jr, your wives, and children. Mama B and all of you mean so very much to me.

Richard Bennett Jr.

March 25, 2020

Rest In Peace Aunt Joan. Always remember your smiles and giggles! Sending prayers to Georgia from Florida during these tough days and hoping we can have a nice celebration of life when America gets back on track!

Louis Bennett

March 24, 2020

Mostly I am so saddened for Ralph Jr, Debbie, Grant, and Phillip and their families. Also for her sister and family and her grandchildren and families. Aunt Joan and Uncle Ralph were like second parents to us and loved us as much as they did their own children. I have a lifetime of memories with each member of this family. She was an awesome wife , mother, and grandmother and a devout Christian. I am positive she's in heaven now with Uncle Ralph. The Proverbs 31 woman had nothing on Aunt Joan.! So many lessons learned from her. My thoughts and prayers are with my cousins and their families and can't imagine their grief right now. Love Louis Bennett

Kathy Smallwood

March 24, 2020

So heartbroken to learn of Ms. Joan's death. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Praying that your memories will bring you peace and comfort. What a joyous reunion in heaven it must have been with Mr. Bennett. They were a special couple.