Charles V. “Ty” Bennett

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Charles V. “Ty” Bennett passed away early Friday, December 3. He was born in 1939 in Bainbridge, Ga., to V.R. “Babe” and Grace Ruth Bennett. A Bainbridge High graduate, he started at nose tackle on the Bearcat’s football team and was manager of the basketball team.

Shortly after marrying Irene Sellers in 1960, Ty and his new bride moved to Miami to help his parents operate their business. During their ten years in Miami they started a family and Ty began a youth sports coaching career. He worked as a top insurance agent for Western & Southern Life Insurance for 20 years. He started a second career with the Florida Department of Revenue where he worked for 23 years.

His true calling was coaching and mentoring youths beginning in Miami and continuing in Quincy, Fla., in 1971. Ty became head coach of the American Legion little league football team and the Pacers basketball team in Quincy and won numerous championships with each. Baseball and softball season found Ty behind home plate calling balls and strikes. The lives he touched are countless as are the number of stories told about the plays he ran and the nicknames he gave.

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Ty is survived by his wife, Irene; sons Armando and Charles (wife Kitty) and daughter Christy; granddaughters Gracie, Matti and Murphy; great-grandson Hayden; and only sister Patsy (Lee) Blair and brother-in-law Arthur Sellers and wife Linda.

Not only did Ty raise his own family but he also served as father and grandfather to his extended Lee family whom he loved as his own. Ty is survived by numerous family members and loving friends.

The memorial service will take place Saturday, December 11, at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, 1001 W. Washington St, Quincy, Fla., at 10:30 AM.

Forbes Funeral Home, 409 West Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, FL 32063, phone number 904-259-4600 is in charge of arrangements.