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In Memory of

Elizabeth Jeanne Bennett

November 15, 1943 - January 6, 2018

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Elizabeth Jeanne Bennett, 74, of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Born in Jacksonville, Florida she was a lifelong resident of the "Gilmore" community. Jeanne was a member of the Gilmore M.E. Church founded by her grandfather, Archibald Gilmore, Sr. (now, Ft. Caroline United Methodist Church), where she married James "Jimmy" Arthur Bennett, Sr. the love of her life, on May 12, 1962 by Rev. Bruce Galloway.

She graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1961 and immediately started her banking and repossession career with American Bank in Arlington. Jeanne was the...

Elizabeth Jeanne Bennett, 74, of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Born in Jacksonville, Florida she was a lifelong resident of the "Gilmore" community. Jeanne was a member of the Gilmore M.E. Church founded by her grandfather, Archibald Gilmore, Sr. (now, Ft. Caroline United Methodist Church), where she married James "Jimmy" Arthur Bennett, Sr. the love of her life, on May 12, 1962 by Rev. Bruce Galloway.

She graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1961 and immediately started her banking and repossession career with American Bank in Arlington. Jeanne was the President, Owner and CEO of ATCO/Bennett Recoveries and President and Board member of several other organizations in the repossession business.

As a member of FCUMC, Jeanne was involved in leadership and participated in leadership training at the Methodist retreat in Lake Asbury, served on the Trustees, and started, and was a member of, the Divas and the United Methodist Women. Jeanne helped organize the annual fall festival and served as the Wednesday night cook for many years. She took her walk to Emmaus on FCE Walk #72 at the camp at Lake Asbury where she met new friends and deepened her relationship with Jesus. Jeanne was a great asset to Fort Caroline United Methodist Church.

Jeanne was also member of the Red Hat Society, and because of her love for children, she had been a voice in the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program. Jeanne had a huge heart and lived life to the fullest (with her Big Gulp diet sodas and snickers), celebrating Christmas and Easter over the years at her house with family and friends, while enjoying scalloping in Steinhatchee, FL, lobstering in the Keys , catfishing in Santee, SC, scuba diving and traveling with family and friends.

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, John E. Sikes Sr. and Anna Lenorah Gilmore Sikes; husband Jimmy, Sr., whom she adored; children Jody and Joy, Siblings John E. Sikes Jr. (Genny), Mina Reid, Jackie Lochridge (Bert), and brother-in-law, Edwin Malin. She is survived by her sons Jimbo (Connie) and John (Tammy), and siblings Gloria Malin, Bob Sikes (Janet), and Pat Bodway (Rodney); Grandchildren John Bennett, Jr., Andy Bennett, Jennifer and Brandi, 5 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Ft. Caroline United Methodist Church, with graveside services immediately following at Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Brain Tumor Support Group of Northeast Florida.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.Greenlawnjacksonville.com
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 396-2522