February 4, 1950 ~ November 15, 2022

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

James Michael Bennett, 72, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from an extended illness, at his home in Candler.

Mike was born in 1950, in Asheville, to the late Laurier James and Marion “Bobbie” Rhymer Bennett. He was in the Lee H Edwards class of 68. He was a Navy veteran serving on the USS Spear and the USS Holder in the Mediterranean, and was a former general contractor with Beverly-Grant. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, an avid hunter and a member of the Sportsmen Club.

He is survived by his sons, Damian Bennett (Mindy) and Adam Bennett, a granddaughter, Shelby, a great-grandchild, a brother, Gary Bennett (Carol) and a sister Kathy Kirkland (Steven).

A funeral service with Navy Honors will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Restoration Quarters, 1329 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.


Funeral Service: November 21, 2022 10:00 am

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I went to school with Mike and he was always in my homeroom class, along with other classes. He was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed by many people. We have kept up over the years and I will surely miss him. Prayers for his family. 🙏

  2. Mike and I were friends from like age 10. We played baseball together for several years. We had a paper route together in West Asheville which led to numerous fun events, particularly when we would go out to collect. I will never forget my first snipe hunt when I went on a camping trip with him and his family to Bent Creek. We did so many wonderful things together and never lost contact from age 10 on. Even though I moved from Asheville we had frequent visits. Mike was a brother to me. There will never be another friend like Mike in my life. I could go on and on but I will close. Mike I love you, Rest In Peace my brother. We will meet again on the other side. RIP-I Love You!!

  3. Rest In Peace my old friend, smooth sailing and following seas be with you always . Prayers and Sympathies are with you and your Family .

  4. My condolences to the family. Mike was like a big brother to me. Playing in the neighborhood I will never forget his smile and laugh. Gary and Kathy, my hearts go out to you and May God bless you and your families.

  5. I was saddened to read of Mike’s passing. The last twenty years had been difficult for him, but he made the most out of his bad situation. We were friends and co-workers for several years, building churches for the same company. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bennett family during this difficult time.


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