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The Passing of a Great Leader

James McCoy, the president of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, shares these words on the "passing of a great leader."


Our community lost a great man last week.

A native, Everett Bennett was a tireless advocate and proponent of Cumming and Forsyth County.

A lifelong Rotarian and charter member of the Johns Creek Rotary Club, he was the recipient of the prestigious Lee Arendale Award for Vocational Excellence. Mr. Bennett was on the board of Literacy Forsyth and a deacon emeritus at Johns Creek Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Forsyth County Development Authority. 

Mr. Bennett served on the Georgia Baptist Healthcare System Board of Directors where he was instrumental in the purchase of the old Lakeside Hospital and conversion to Baptist North Hospital. He championed the initiative to purchase acreage at the corner of Hwy 20 and GA 400 for the site of the Baptist Medical Center – now . The Bennett’s are namesake of the Teresa and Everett Bennett Education Center.

A successful businessman, Mr. Bennett and his brother, Larry, founded Bennett Brothers Printing Company, now Bennett Graphics, in 1968. The Tucker-based company continues to be a family business, run by the Bennett’s son and son-in-law. Mr. Bennett was a longtime supporter of Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA of Forsyth.

Mr. and Mrs. Bennett received the Charles F. Welch Citizenship Award at the Chamber’s 2010 Annual Meeting.  

Most importantly, he was a loving, dedicated husband of 57 years, father and grandfather.  Let’s all say a word of thanks for the gift that Mr. Bennett’s life was to all of us and keep Mrs. Bennett and their family in our prayers.

Lance White March 09, 2012 at 05:32 AM
This is Lance White owner of Lance's Jewelry, I have know Everett Bennett for over 25 years. Teresa and Everett knew me before I ever got into the jewelry industry. I met Everett Bennett when I was in school at Georgia State University. Because my best friend Mark Adent married Teresa and Everett's daughter Debbie. Both Teresa and Everett treated me like family from the first time I met them. Over the years I have become more involved in community affairs and charitable organizations. I am currently the President of the Humane Society of Forsyth County. Each step of the way, I always knew I could get a straight answer from Mr. Bennett. I would call on him often to ask his advice. He was always polite, but would tell me like it is. Anytime I asked him for a donation or advise for my charity. He would just say what can I do to help Lance. Everett Bennett was a man of his word and he was the good of all that is good. If you ever met Everett you would agree with me. This is truly one man that will be missed on this earth and especially in our County. Thanks for allowing me to express my feelings. Lance H. White Owner of Lance's Jewelry President of The Humane Society of Forsyth County

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