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BENNETT, Ralph, 78 of Durant, FL passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was born June 9, 1938 in Cookeville, TN and moved to Florida when he was a young child. He spent his childhood in and around Plant City where he met his wife of 56 years, Eva and they built a loving home and family together. Ralph worked as a Truck Driver for several years. He owned and operated Bennett Aquatics for 20 years. He retired from USF after 21 years as an Irrigation Specialist. He enjoyed being outdoors, working on his property, fishing and sitting under the shade tree enjoying his family, friends and life.
He was preceded in death by his father, O.H. Bennett; mother, Lucy Burnham; brothers, Jack and Ray Bennett; sister, Louise Evans. Ralph "Bushy" is survived by his loving wife, Eva "Mazy"; three daughters; Pamela Hagerman of Bertha, MN, Dianne Cooper (Tom) of Bushnell, FL and Cathy Pirtle (Bruce) of Durant, FL; four grandchildren; RC Cooper, Krystal Mack (Jerry), Philip Pirtle (Nichole), Brandy Steele; six great-grandchildren; brother Roger Bennett (Hazel) of Plant City, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.