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Gay Stephens Bennett

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Gay Stephens Bennett, 90 of Foxworth, who died on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Asbury Hospice House. Interment will be at Lott Cemetery. Dr. Tim Parker and Dr. Hiram Campbell will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Hathorn Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Pent Stephens; two brothers, Everett Stephens and Ray Stephens; and six sisters, Cara Jones, Thora Birnley, Ruby Daniel, Sue Taylor, Dotty Ladner, and Joy Howell.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Henry Howard Bennett of Foxworth; two sons, Steve Bennett (Carolyn) of Foxworth and James H. Bennett (Wanda) of Hattiesburg; two daughters, Sue Long (Lee Campbell) of Columbia and Linda Stringer (Wayne) of Foxworth; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; three great- great grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Stephens and Troy Stephens (Ouida) both of Sumrall; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Will Stovall, Jason Arnett, Stephen Johnson, Mark Stringer, Scott Bennett, and Ryan Stringer.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Gay Stephens Bennett
April 26, 1928 - March 13, 2019




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