Longtime Upper Cumberland Resource Agency director Phyllis Bennett died June 9.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clarence Redmon and Evelyn Redmon, as well as her daughter, Tiffany Rodgers.
She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 28 years, Weyman (Wayne) H. Bennett; son, Milburn S. Rodgers III (Patty) of Cookeville; sister, Faye Fuqua of Smithville; brother, Terry Redmon (Phyllis) of Lebanon; two grandsons Matthew Rodgers of Murfreesboro; Nickolas Rodgers (Bethany) and one great-grandchild, Aaron S. Rodgers of Cookeville; Barbi Rodgers Malfi of South Carolina; three stepchildren, Gary Bennett of Minneapolis, Minn., Nancy Manning (Colin) Hendersonville, and Christian Bennett (Lisa) of Hixson; four step-grandchildren Courtney , Madison, Christian, Hailey Bennett, all of Hixson.
She began her career in 1973 with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. In 1978, she was appointed executive director until 2011 when she was hired as a consultant to the agency. She served four years as president of the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies as well as being selected Who’s Who in American Business Women .
Services will begin at 2 p.m. today at Washington Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville. Visitation begins today at noon. Donations can be made to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Residential Programs or the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.
Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 13, 2012