Hugh Taylor Bennett, III
October 16, 1938 - October 11, 2019
Hugh T. Bennett, III, entered into peaceful rest at his home on Friday, October 11th. A native Tennessean, born in Fruitland, TN on October 16, 1938, he made Augusta his home over the last 15 years. Hugh graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1960 with a BS in Industrial Management. After graduation, he married his college sweetheart Patricia “Patti” Payne and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for 3 ½ years and achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After his service, he began his career in industry working for Cummins Engine Co., Toastmaster, Inc., and retired from Litton Industries as VP of Sales and Marketing in 1991. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church USA, serving as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, MO and First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN. Hugh was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a member of Kiwanis International, having served as President of the Cookeville Kiwanis Club and an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. He was an avid golfer and an accomplished marksman, earning numerous awards as a sharp shooter on the Air Force pistol team. He loved time spent at Shooters Indoor Range when he could no longer play golf.
Hugh is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Bennett, Jr (Vaneeta), and his sister Betty Bennett Hazelwood. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia “Patti”, his son Hugh Taylor Bennett IV (Susan), daughter Catharine Bennett Lemmon (Christian) and with great pride, his grandsons Sam Bennett, Bennett Lemmon and Brooks Lemmon.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 14th at 2:00 PM at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA. The family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way Augusta, Ga 30904.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial and Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909. 762-994-0311
Patti & Family We are so sorry to hear about Hugh. We have all missed you the past few years at Pigeon Forge. You both were very pleasant people to be around. I know you have been missed since your days of Cookeville. All our sympathy. Cookeville Senior Golf GroupMarcy Griffin - October 16 at 9:54 PM
Hugh and I grew up together in Trenton, at least during the 4 of 5 times I lived there between 1938 and high school graduation. Then Carol and I had the great pleasure of visiting Hugh and Patti every place they lived except during his USAF days. A great friend for a very long time.Charlie Simpson (and Carol) - October 16 at 9:50 PM
Patti we are so sorry about Hugh’s homegoing. Had he been sick? Please know that we are praying for you and your family. The good thing is that you will see him again in Heavens. Love you ?????? Jackie and LonnieJackie Donaldson - October 15 at 9:44 PM
We are so sorry for your loss and thankful to read that you have a son, daughter and grandchildren.Gerry Sharpe - October 15 at 2:01 PM
I met Hugh while he and Patti were in Cookeville Tenn. We worked together at the Fleetguard company a division of Cummins. Hugh was always an optimistic fellow and enjoyed both his work and his life. My wife and I were friends also with them while they lived in Columbia Mo. We enjoyed going to football games with them. Our best wishes to his family with their loss of their husband and father.Barney Bauermeister - October 15 at 8:02 AM
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Hugh and Patti during his years at Toastmaster in the mid-seventies. He was great to work and socialize with. Our condolences to the family on you loss. I know he will be missed.John Thompson - October 14 at 1:58 PM
Hugh and I worked together at Toastmaster Inc. and Litton Microwave. He was a very good friend who was liked by all. He will be sorely missed and I hope his family finds comfort and peace during these difficult times.Sid Hose - October 14 at 12:55 PM
Hugh and Patti were truly good neighbors when we lived in Columbia. I enjoyed playing golf with Hugh. He was the epitome of the word "gentleman". And I will never forget driving through a snow and ice storm on my way to Atlanta, and stopping at their house in Germantown, TN. I was recieved with love and warmth. Rest in Peace, good Friend.Chuck Hill - October 14 at 9:36 AM
I met Hugh and Patti when they drove to Winona several years ago. Lee and I went out to dinner with them and his parents. We had the best time. I spoke with Hugh on the phone through the years after that checking on Miss Betty. She loved hearing from him. I am so proud that they are together again. Thinking of all the family.Deandra Hazlewood - October 13 at 7:58 PM
I had the pleasure of golfing with Hugh one time. In fact the last time I played golf. I never was much good at it but he put up wirh my 10s on every hole. A true Gentleman. Also spent more time wirh Hugh at Shooters. Enjoyed his wit and humor. Rest in Peace with our Heavenly Father. Rob and Bev SnowRobert C Snow - October 13 at 1:43 PM
My very dear friend, golfing and shooting buddy. A very thoughtful and loving man who had no better. I will miss you dearly. RIP at the Lord's house. Carter and Julie LoftisCarter Loftis - October 12 at 5:14 PM