Valdosta Daily Times

September 6, 2013

Wilbur Caulie Bennett


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Mr. Wilbur Caulie Bennett, 78, of Adel, Ga. passed away Thursday Sept. 5, 2013 at his residence. He was born Oct. 5, 1934 in Adel, Ga. to the late William Caulie Bennett and Ruth Louise Carter Bennett. He loved the Primitive Baptist Church.  

He served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the conflict of 1953.

He began working with computers right after his term in the service. In 1959,  he went to work with Univac when he didn't even know what a computer was.

Before fulfilling a dream to come back home to Adel in 1973, he was a computer engineer with Honeywell. He was in charge of one of the computer departments at NASA that helped land the first man on the moon. He retired from Moultrie Technical College as an Instructor in the Data Processing Department. He loved his job, all of his co-workers, and his students.

 Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Hazel Wynn Bennett of Adel; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Chrissy Bennett of Eglin AFB, Fla.; three daughters and sons-in-law: Wanda and Johnny Hendley of Adel, Terri and Richard L. Webb of Adel, and Cindy and Johnny Branton of Moultrie; five grandchildren, Jay and Brittney Hendley of Griffin, Ga., Will Hendley of Atlanta, Lydia and Jonathan McDaniel of Adel, Brian Fausett of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Jana Hendley of Adel; four great-grandchildren, Landon and Marlee McDaniel, and Peyton and Parker Hendley; two brothers: Randy Bennett of Sumter, S.C., and Larry Bennett of Cordele; two sisters, Betty Jo Brogdon of Adel, and Jeannette Lasseter of Thomasville; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Bennett, and a sister, Dorothy Bennett.

A graveside service for Mr. Bennett will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,  Sept. 7, 2013 at Woodlawn City Cemetery in Adel with Elder Thad Marshall officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday morning, before the service, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Boone Funeral Home, 202 N. Hutchinson Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you lend a helping hand to your fellow man or give to someone less fortunate, or make donations to The Seeing Eye, Inc., P.O. Box 375, Morristown, N.J. 07963-0375 in honor of Terri B. Webb and Dorothy Bennett. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com. —Boone Funeral Home is serving the Bennett family.