Samuel Oliver Bennett



Samuel Oliver Bennett, 91, of Westport passed away at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Columbia, Kentucky, the son of Oliver and Nora Smith Bennett.

He was raised in Russell Springs, Kentucky, moved to the Millhousen area in 1958 and had lived in Westport the past two years.

He retired from Reliance Electric in 1988 and also was a farmer and enjoyed raising cattle. Sam served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Union Flat Rock Baptist Church and American Legion Post 129.

He married Thelma Mae Crosby on Sept.13, 1947 in Franklin, and she preceded him in death April 8, 2003. He married Mary Koger Helms on Oct. 16, 2005, in Westport, and she survives.

Other survivors include his daughters, Donna Ison of Columbus and Terri (Jeff) Prewitt of Seymour; his sons, David Bennett of Westport and Randy (Paula) Bennett of North Vernon; his stepdaughters, Jami Lea Helms and Jennifer Voris, both of Westport; his stepsons, David Scott (Sharon) Helms and Daniel James (Marilyn) Helms, both of Westport, Dennis Lee Helms of Beech Grove and Dale Edward (Sherri) Helms and Jace Robert (Carol) Helms, both of Westport; his sister, Rachel Irvin of Cincinnati, Ohio; his brothers, Herbert Bennett of Edinburgh and Ernest Bennett of Russell Springs, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Thelma Bennett; son, Jeffrey William Bennett; brother, Albert Russell Bennett; and sister, Mildred Stapp.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with the Rev. Malvin McCullough, the Rev. Tom Mattingly and the Rev. Steve Malone officiating. Burial will follow at Union Flat Rock Cemetery with military graveside rites.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Union Flat Rock Church.

The family would like to thank Ray Vaughn from Hospice for the care and service he provided.

Online condolences can be made to the family at


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