John Benny passed peacefully into the heavenly embrace of the Lord on the morning of September 22, 2016 after 76 years of earthly living.
John was born on February 19, 1940 in Nashville, TN. He was a graduate of Madison High School and went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee Martin. While in high school and college John played football, but he also enjoyed softball. He was an avid golfer who had a true passion for being out on the links. The late Coach Bill Brimm of Madison High School was extremely influential in John’s life and was a mentor and confidant for over fifty years. Family was a top priority for John, which was second only to his relationship with the Lord Jesus.
John loved the Lord with all of his heart and soul. His faith readily manifested itself; in fact, “he never had an issue with talking to anyone with which he came into contact about the Lord.” Simply stated, the love of Jesus was in his heart and he was a kind and loving man who was a friend to all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Bennett (Evelyn) Blair, Sr.; his son, John Bennett Blair, III; and brother, Dan Blair. John Benny leaves behind his faithful and loving wife, Barbara Faye Blair; daughters, Pam Tepper of Florida, Kim (Joe) Kester of West Virginia; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Blair of Nashville, TN; and numerous other extended family members and treasured friends.
A sincere word of gratitude must be offered to our friends Danny and Sherry Atkinson for their steadfast support. We also want to acknowledge the wonderful nurses and staff at NHC of Hendersonville who, with utmost dignity and care, treated John Benny.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow visitation at 10:30 a.m. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 hendersonvillefh.com 615-824-3855. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Cremation Garden of Hendersonville Memory Gardens.