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Col. (Ret.) Robert A. Bennett

July 16, 1922 — November 9, 2015

Col. (Ret.) Robert A. Bennett, age 93, died on Nov. 9, 2015, at Asbury Place in Maryville. Bob was a 30-year career pilot and commander in the Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, in addition to other honors. Several magazine and newspaper articles have been written on his accomplishments. He attended Maryville College until WW II, then completed his college degree at the Univ. of Nebraska Omaha. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. Bob's parents, James W. and Noreen Bennett, and brother Dr. James Bennett of the University of Tennessee preceded him in death. His survivors are his wife of 71 years, Freda; his daughter, Lee Sherry; his son, Bob; and two grandchildren, Jason Sherry and Tara Bennett. Bob Bennett was a long-time resident of Maryville and many people will remember the tall, slender, and distinguished figure. He will be missed. Arrangements are being made for a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with full military honors.

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