Merle Bennett

Merle Bennett

Merle Bennett

April 17, 2022


Merle Gainous Bennett, 98, of St. Petersburg, passed away at Suncoast Hospice Care Center in Pinellas Park on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Mrs. Bennett was born on December 29, 1923, in Cairo, GA, to the late Johnson Gainous and Beulah Mae Faircloth Gainous.  She served her country in the United States Women Army Corp (WAC).  On May 5, 1956, she married Douglas Arnold Bennett, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1991.  They were married for over 35 years.  She was a homemaker.  Merle loved doing arts and crafts. She also always made sure to send cards commemorating loved one’s special occasions.

Survivors include: her children, Oscar Gainous (Wanda) of Sumter, SC, Nancy Lane (Tommy) of Knoxville, TN, Imogene Baker (Jim) of Avon, IN; grandchildren, Michael Gainous (Crissy) of Sumter, SC, Shane Gainous (Nancy) of Columbia, SC,  Crystal Withrow (Ray) of Knoxville, TN, Dan Baker (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, IN, Mark Baker (Jenny) of Avon, IN, Kim Baker of Indianapolis, IN, Laurel Baker of Indianapolis, IN, Melissa Johnson (Alden) of Indianapolis, IN; 18 great and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Helmer (Kenneth) of Fort Walton Beach, FL; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gainous of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. 

Her Graveside Service was held on Saturday, April 23rd in Springhill Methodist Church Cemetery, Whigham, GA. 

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