Fallen Hero: SSG Larry Frank Bennett (Ret)


Funeral Home

Parker Funeral Home

476 MS-9 Bruce, MS


Sunday, January 14, 2024, from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M., Parker Memorial Funeral Home, Bruce.


Sunday, January 14, 2024,  2 P.M., Parker Memorial Funeral Home, Bruce


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 11, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SSG Larry Frank Bennett (Ret), age 75, who served in the MSARNG, within Co B, 223rd Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Larry served in the 223rd EN BN deployment Operation Iraqi Freedom I, 2003-2004.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Larry Frank Bennett, 75, of Bruce, MS, departed from this life on Wednesday, January 11, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. He was born on November 07, 1948, in Bruce, MS to the late William Frank Bennett and Dollie Maudine Edwards.

Larry attended Bruce High School and was part of the class of 1966. He served his state and country by serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was a sgt. for 20 plus years and served during operation Iraqi Freedom. Larry was a Bridge Foreman for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He was a carpenter work and was always helping others with his handy work. He was an avid Ole Miss Sports fan and later became an Alabama Football fan. Larry loved his dogs and he had a special one, Brownie. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and attended when he could Parker Baptist Church. Most of all Larry loved his kids and grandkids.

He leaves behind his wife, Donna Faison Bennett of Bruce; daughter, Lara Bennett Mitchell of Hernando; two stepdaughters: Michelle Brasher (David) Donovan of Brandon; Dawn Collums Young of Bruce; stepson, Dewayne Collums of Bruce; four grandchildren: Meagan (Keith) May, Kaitlyn Collins, Reed (Tak) Bennett, and Libby (Jay) Bennett; stepgrandchildren: Morgan Puckett, Brennan Inman, Ashton Lyles, Anniston Lyles, Jamie McMahan, Codie McMahan, Trent Collums, Taylor Boudreaux, Macie Collums, Kobbie Collums; three great-grandchildren: Valerie May, Jilleanne Collins, Scottie Bennett.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, William Frank Bennett and Dollie Maudine Edwards; four sisters: Bettye Ivy, Jimmie Nell Bootot, Walterine Stribling, Frances Thomson; son, Scott Bennett; step granddaughter, Megan McKenzie Young.     

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 14, 2024, from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. The funeral service honoring Larry’s life will take place on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with Bro. Kevin Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery with Military Honors. Reed Bennett, Jimmy Ivy, John Ivy, Joey Jones, Mark Knight, Dennis Patterson, James Pittman, Keith Stribling, and Jerry Wiggs will serve as pallbearers.  Bobby Stribling and Roger Stribling will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The Staff of Parker Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bennett family as they begin this new season of life. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one.