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Patricia Ann (McElroy) Bennett
July 31, 1944 ~ May 14, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Patricia Ann McElroy Bennett, known to all as “Pat”, met Jesus face to face on Sunday, May 14, 2023. A loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to many, her earthly body finally laid to rest at the age of 78.
She was born on July 31, 1944, in Athens, Georgia to the late Alfred and Mildred McElroy. She was the oldest of 4, when the family moved to Madison County. She is preceded in death by her youngest brother, Kenneth McElroy and survived by her brother, Wayne of Hull; sister, Brenda (Rick) Ingram of Nicholson; as well as many nieces and nephews. She graduated from Madison County High School, where she was a cheerleader. She later graduated from Lanier Tech in Clarkesville, Georgia with a degree in accounting. She married Charles Curtis Bennett, Jr. “Buddy” of Athens, Georgia. They were married 17 years before the Lord called him home in 1980.
Pat and Buddy had one child, Charles Curtis Bennett, III “Curt” (Michelle) of Athens, Georgia. They also had 4 grandchildren: Victoria (Austin) Burris of Athens, Georgia, Jaclyn (Caleb) Dickson of Savannah, Georgia, Caroline, and Meredith and 2 great grandchildren, Eleanor Jane Burris and Jonathan Charles Burris of Athens, Georgia.
Pat was always very involved with her church, Prince Avenue Baptist Church, helping with youth camps and managing crafts with the kids. She opened her own business in 1986, Mail Plus USA. She closed that business in 1998 after a long, successful career of serving Athens with their shipping needs and gourmet food gift baskets.
She loved to do crafts and especially with her granddaughters and great granddaughter. Pat was always learning how to do the latest craft and teaching it to others. She helped raise awareness for the Shaken Baby Syndrome Campaign by crocheting purple baby hats.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday May 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM in the chapel of Lord & Stephens, West. The family will receive friends the evening prior from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Watkinsville is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com.