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Carol Clay Bennett

August 9, 1956 — April 23, 2020

Carol Clay Bennett, 63, of Shady Spring, WV went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Raleigh General Hospital following a heroic battle with cancer for over 13 years.

Born August 9, 1956, at Oak Hill Hospital in Oak Hill, WV she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lesta Craigo Clay.

Carol, along with her late husband, Rev. Bill Bennett, served for several years in the ministry at Kilsyth Free Will Baptist Church in Mount Hope. In recent years, she faithfully attended Skelton Free Will Baptist Church where she taught classes and served in the children’s ministry. One of her favorite past times was serving local children through the church’s Vacation Bible School summer program. Carol was retired from Walmart in Beckley where she served as a department manager for nearly 15 years. She and Bill were also former owners of The Potter’s Clay primitive craft shop in Mount Hope. Carol loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and took great pride in caring for her home. She also enjoyed crafting, camping, and traveling.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Rev. Bill Bennett, a brother, Steve Clay, and a sister, Vicki Clay Bolen.

Survivors include two sons, Robbie Bennett and wife, Beverly of Beaver and Jeff Bennett of Ashland City, TN; two brothers, Loren Clay of Tennessee and Frank Clay and wife, Debbie of Stanaford; one sister, Ruth Clay Woolard and husband, Don of Des Allemands, LA; two grandsons, Jaxon Bennett and Boden Bennett both of Beaver; one granddaughter, Chesney Bennett of Beaver; sister-in-law, Carolyn Treadway and husband, Tim of Prosperity; brother-in-law, Blaine Bennett and wife, Nancy of Lewisburg; brother-in-law, Mike Bolen of Beckley; sister-in-law, Kay Clay of Oak Hill; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved four-legged companion, Daisy Mae (poodle).

The family would like to thank Carol’s special friends, Bonnie Marshall and Barbara Burkhart, who went above and beyond caring for Carol in her last days.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, at the time of her passing a private graveside rites and burial were held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, 414 Harding Place, Suite 100 Nashville, TN 37211.

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Arrangements were made by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV
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Saturday, September 5, 2020

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Skelton Freewill Baptist Church

, Beckley, WV 25801

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