junior bennett

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a true American hero, Junior Bennett, 94, of Weirton who succumbed to lung cancer after a brief and valiant battle.

Junior Bennett was born in Adele, Georgia on November 21, 1928, and passed on August 30, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Junior’s journey through life was marked by dedication, resilience, and unwavering love. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty years, and now joins her in eternal rest. Junior will be remembered with love by his two loving sons, Patrick (Denise) and David (Nancy), who admired and cherished their father’s wisdom, strength, and unwavering love.

His legacy continues through his cherished grandchildren: Anthony Bennett, Terese Bennett, Jennifer McRae, Lexi Haws, Anna Bennett, Jennifer DiBello, and David DiBello. Moreover, he was blessed with great-grandchildren, Mia, Gianna, Dominic, Daniella, Dylan, Wyatt, Claire, Chloe, and Kade, who brought him immense joy and warmth throughout his life.

Junior Bennett’s dedication to serving his country was nothing short of remarkable. He retired as a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps, having devoted thirty years of his life to the service of his nation. His commitment and valor were most evident during two distinguished tours of duty in the Korean conflict and two more in the Vietnam conflict. Junior earned three Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in the line of duty, though he earned a fourth, he declined in order to spare his mother the anguish of hearing about yet another injury. Such selflessness defined his character and exemplified the spirit of a true hero.

Beyond his military service, Junior was known for his passion for golf. A true aficionado, he excelled in the sport, securing numerous club championships and maintaining a remarkable zero handicap as a scratch golfer well into his fifties. His achievements on the golf course were a testament to his dedication and competitive spirit.

Junior Bennett will be dearly missed by all who had the honor of crossing paths with him. His strength, love, and unwavering commitment to his family and his country will forever be etched in our hearts and memories. As a U.S. Marine Sergeant Major and a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Junior’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
In his passing, we salute Junior Bennett for his service to our nation, his love for his family, and his achievements on and off the golf course. May he rest in eternal peace, reunited with his beloved wife, and may his memory be eternal.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday September 6, 2023, from 4 to 7 PM at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM on Thursday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, WV.

Pastor, Very Rev. Dennis R. Schuelkens, Jr., V.E. will preside

Military Honors will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton, WV.

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Visitation: September 6, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062

(304) 748-3219

Mass of Christian Burial: September 7, 2023 10:00 am

Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church
229 California Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062


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  1. Pat, Denise and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Amazing how special our parents are to us, how blessed we are to have them in their 90’s, yet so sad they need to leave. Memories never leave. May your father rest in peace with your mom now.

  2. Our deepest sympathies and prayers for you and family Uncle Pat. God Bless Dad for service and may he rest in peace 🇺🇸🙏

  3. Candle Selection 1Pat and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. He was a true Patriot and Hero! Semper Fi!!
    Sam & Chris Greco

  4. Patrick, David and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Bennett was a wonderful man. I always called him Uncle Bennett. He is in heaven with your Mom and is very happy. I’ll be praying for you all to have peace and strength.

  5. Candle Selection 6Pat ,Denise and family
    You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of such an incredible life and father. May God give you the comfort you need at this difficult time. Love Kim

  6. Sending my love and condolences to all whom were blessed to have grandpa Junior in their lives. I have fond memories of grandpa Junior and the family. He loved his Klondike bars, watering his beautiful tomatoes, taking us to Hardee’s for a coffee, spending time in his den and with the family.
    I remember playing games with Jenn and Dave and all of our holiday gatherings with Pat and Denise.
    Grandpa Junior was such a wonderful man. A true inspiration for all mankind. He was strong, humble, caring, truthful, smart, loyal, active, never complained, told you how it was kind of guy. I appreciate all the love and support from grandpa Junior.
    An incredible man, marine, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, athlete, and friend. I will miss you dearly but smile knowing you are now with your true love. Grandma Connie. Lighting a candle and prayer for you and the family.
    Sending my love to all the family and to know I am with you in spirit. God bless..

  7. We were so saddened to hear of Uncle Ben’s passing. He was a gentleman, a true patriot and an outstanding war hero. May he rest in eternal peace with his beloved wife Connie in the kingdom of our Lord.

  8. Candle Selection 2So sorry for your loss he was a wonderful man a great uncle he will be missed by many , everyone that knew him loved him , he was a legend a very caring , loving, kind man always making you feel welcome just a honest guy all around your niece Toni may you rest in peace.

  9. So sorry to hear about Junior. I had the pleasure of knowing Junior thru Farrans Barbershop, cutting his hair for several years. Junior was one of a kind. It was a pleasure to know him . Prayers and sympathy to his family.

  10. We all loved Uncle Ben. We have loads of wonderful memories from our youth of Uncle Ben and Aunt Connie. It was so great to have them right up the street from our house. During our daily sandlot baseball games, Home Plate was in the middle of the road in front of Uncle Ben and Aunt Connie’s house – it just doesn’t get any better than that! Uncle Ben’s evening jogs around the neighborhood were remarkable. We truly are fortunate to have these memories. Johnny is unable to make it into Weirton this week and Mary Lou is out of town all week. They both send their heartfelt condolences of love and happy memories. I will see you both Wednesday evening. I love you guys. – Skins

  11. So sorry to have to say good by to Junior. So glad got to meet him when we visited with him . A very nice cousin

  12. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father left behind a wonderful legacy . God bless you all.

  13. Pat & Family…I played well over 100 rounds of golf with JB over the course of 30+ years. I never knew a man more aggressive and at the same time peaceful …more honest but at the same time ultra fair and competitive…dedicated to his family and likely a strong taskmaster…blunt but at the same time understanding and compassionate to virtually everyone…He was always there for me when I needed a friend…You and David were blessed to have JB as a father— your success in life is the result of from where you came…I have lost a good friend and role model that I am forever thankful for knowing…God blessed you with a man and memories that are each eternal.

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