OBITUARY

Melvin Southern Bennett

July 24, 1933April 7, 2019
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Melvin Southern Bennett, 85, of Raleigh, passed away on April 7, 2019. She was born and raised in King, North Carolina and graduated from King High School. She went on to work for NC State College as an executive secretary. Melvin was instrumental in beginning the business Engineering-Design & Services with her then-husband, Elwin. Throughout her life, she also worked as a church secretary for Mount Olivet Baptist Church and served as an administrative assistant at the NC General Assembly. She ended her career working at the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Melvin’s number one priority was her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her hobbies were reading, writing, and gardening. She loved spending time with dear friends, as well as time with her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored. Melvin is survived by her daughter, Norma Bennett Weekman and her husband, Jim; her grandchildren, Kelsey Weekman Walkowski and her husband, Alex; Zane Weekman; and Zack Weekman; her brother, Wayne Southern; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lynn and Ethel Southern; former husband, Elwin Bennett; and brother, Bill Southern. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 am at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. Burial will be Saturday, April 13 at 3:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery, 725 W Dalton Road, King, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

  • FAMILY

  • Norma Weekman, Daughter
  • Jim Weekman, Son-in-law
  • Kelsey Walkowski and Alex, Granddaughter, and husband
  • Zane Weekman, Grandson
  • Zack Weekman, Grandson
  • Wayne Southern, Brother
  • Lynn Southern, Father
  • Ethel Southern, Mother
  • Bill Southern, Brother
  • Elwin Bennett, Former Husband
  • She is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Melvin Southern Bennett

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Donald Lawrence

April 9, 2019

My wife Connie and I went to the old Mt Olivet church with Melvin Bennett. We love her and will miss her. She was a true Christian in every aspect of her life. She helped my wife and I get through some tough times, she was a real prayer warrior. She taught us what it meant to put Christ first in our marriage. We had two young boys during that time and she treated us like we were part of her family.

Brenda Hare

April 8, 2019

Dear Norma and Family,
It was such a privilege to know Melvin and worship with her at Mt. Olivet for many years. She loved the Lord and worked faithfully for Him. I pray our Heavenly Father gives you comfort during this time.
Love,
Brenda Chambers Hare

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Biography

Melvin Southern Bennett, 85, of Raleigh, passed away on April 7, 2019. She was born and raised in King, North Carolina and graduated from King High School. She went on to work for NC State College as an executive secretary. Melvin was instrumental in beginning the business Engineering-Design & Services with her then-husband, Elwin. Throughout her life, she also worked as a church secretary for Mount Olivet Baptist Church and served as an administrative assistant at the NC General Assembly. She ended her career working at the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Melvin’s number one priority was her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her hobbies were reading, writing, and gardening. She loved spending time with dear friends, as well as time with her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored.

Melvin is survived by her daughter, Norma Bennett Weekman, and her husband, Jim; her grandchildren, Kelsey Weekman Walkowski and her husband, Alex; Zane Weekman; and Zack Weekman; her brother, Wayne Southern; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lynn and Ethel Southern; former husband, Elwin Bennett; and brother, Bill Southern.