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Alexander Bennett (affectionately called Alex) was born on May 24, 1949 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Raymond Bennett Jr. and Albertha Little Bennett. Alex made a peaceful transition to glory on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 70. He was surrounded by his loving family and a beautiful glimpse of falling snow.

Alex attended the public schools of Anson County and was part of Bowman Senior High School’s first graduating class. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the US Army where he served proudly as a field medic. He was honorably discharged with several medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, which were awarded for the aid he administered toward his fallen comrades while he himself was injured. After returning home, Alex earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Anson Technical Community College.

Alex became the first African-American window clerk, employed by the Wadesboro US Post Office in 1973. After 10 years of dedicated service, he became Anson County’s First African-American Postmaster. Alex also served as the Postmaster at the McFarlan, Polkton, Wadesboro, Laurel Hill and Pageland, SC post offices. Alex retired in June 2005 and enjoyed spending extended time with his family and raising Rocky Mountain Horses. He found joy in the political news, viewing western television shows, Duke Basketball and Carolina Panthers Football.

Alex was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and wife, Katherine Bennett (1975). He was said to have been smitten with her since he was ten years old. He was a blessed man to have found true love twice in his lifetime. He spent almost 40 years enjoying a wonderful life with his best friend and significant other, Annie Horne who also preceded him in death (2015).

At an early age, Alex confessed Christ and joined the Gatewood Station A.M.E. Zion Church in Morven, NC where he remained a lifelong member. He was honored to have served as a former Chairman of the Trustee Board. Alex continued to grow in his faith and love for the Lord as he bravely battled his illness to the end. In his last weeks, he found great comfort in the lyrics of “That’s What He Said” by Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s.

Alex was a very dedicated father and grandfather and gave his very best to his children; offering them wise counsel, unwavering love and support even in his final days.

He will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of his five children: Angela Little (Dexter) of Kernersville NC, Derrick Bennett of Thomasville NC, Erica Horne and Eric Horne of Wadesboro, NC and Travis Horne of Charlotte NC; his four grandchildren: Terrell Bennett, Brandon Little, Sherrell Bennett and Tristan Brooks.

Alex also leaves with heavy hearts and a broken link among the Bennett Siblings: James Bennett (Carrie), Raymond Bennett III (Gwendolyn), Thomas Bennett (Doris), Charles Bennett (Annette), Arthaniel Bennett (Dora), Fredrick Bennett (Michelle), Bernice Bennett (Ronald) and Hazel Duncan (Robert); two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Gainey and Betty Byrd (Clarence); one brother-in-law, Wayne Bennett (Veronica) and a very special family friend, Joe Horne. Alex was very intentional in having meaningful relationships with his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and he will be fondly remembered.


The Services to Honor the Life and Legacy of Mr. Bennett will be on Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:00pm, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Interment will be in the Bennett Family Plot of Gatewood Station AME Zion Church Cemetery, Morven, North Carolina.

The Bennett Family will greet family and friends on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 1:30-2:00pm at Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.

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  • Monday, February 3, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
    Wishing we could be there with the family during this time. Sending prayers and love from South Korea.
    ~ Mr & Mrs Carrion   Pyeongtaek-si
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
    ~ Delois Lowery   Wadesboro, NC
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
    My deepest sympathy and prayers for the entire family.
    ~ Leticia Lowery   Greenville, NC
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020
    Travis, great seeing you last week. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Prayers of Gods strength and comfort during this time. Andrea
    ~ Andrea Bushrod   Charlotte, NC
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020
    Travis, I'm Praying God will keep you and your family giving you strength in knowing your dad is not suffering and will live on in your memories..Love ya Angela
    ~ Angela Eddins   Charlotte, NC
  • Monday, February 10, 2020
    ~ Mark & Janet
  • Monday, February 3, 2020
    We were so sorry to hear about Alex. We visited him at his home, and Callie visited him while in the hospital. The Bennett family will be in our prayers.
    ~ Callie & Susan Little   Wadesboro NC
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020
    Bernice, so sorry for your loss. Eric was my classmate and dear friend. I reached out to him in September, 2019 and I am saddened to hear of his passing. May you find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories that you all shared together. Prayers to you and your family. Gwen Ratliff
    ~ Gwendolyn Ratliff-Jordan   Denver, CO
  • Monday, February 3, 2020
    Praying for the family
    ~ Lonnie Taylor   Morven
  • Monday, February 3, 2020
    Keeping the Bennett Family in prayer.
    ~ Christie Liles   Wadesboro, NC
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    We find ourselves sad upon hearing of your brother’s passing. We are sorry for your loss. Your brother is an amazing person in so many ways. You are always in our prayers and your whole family as well. Our condolences for your loss.
    ~ Sylvester and Bernice Bennett   High Point, NC
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    I worked at the Wadesboro Post Office when Alex was the Postmaster. He was the best, both as a boss and friend. He was truly his mother's son, another kind and gracious soul gone before him. Prayers to the family of this good man. - Brenda Bowers (Corey)
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    My prayers are with the family.
    ~ Ementress Marshall   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    To the Bennett Family, we are so sorry for your loss, We know that God called his son Elliott home to be with him, he fought a good fight, and now he is with his father now. Our brother-in-law Raymond we love you. May god bless you and the Bennett Family
    ~ trumela crawford   thomasville
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
    Extending condolences to the Bennett family. I only got to Know your beautiful Matriarch,"Mrs.Bert", Thomas, and Alexander, but to each of you, I pray that God will sustain you in comfort and peace.
    ~ Sharon Ledbetter
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Extending our condolences to the family praying that you will find comfort in knowing that Alexander is in a better place now.
    ~ Olivia Kersey-Ratliff   Rockingham, NC
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Extending our condolences to the family praying that you will find comfort in knowing that Alexander is in a better place now.
    ~ Olivia Kersey-Ratliff   Rockingham, NC
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Extending our condolences to the family praying that you will find comfort in knowing that Alexander is in a better place now.
    ~ Olivia Kersey-Ratliff   Rockingham, NC
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    ~ Charlene Swan   MONROE, NC
  • Monday, January 4, 2021
    So very sorry for your loss. Mr Bennett was one of a kind. Super nice gentleman and very nice to all his customers in the postal field. It was truly a pleasure to know him.
    ~ Nancy Paul   Laurel Hill, NC