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Evalena Inez Castleman Bennett

Mrs. Evalena Inez Castleman Bennett passed away peacefully at home in Lebanon on Saturday, October 21, 2017 following a short illness. She was 79.

She was predeceased by her father, Macon E. Castleman; her Mother, Katherine Carver Castleman and brother Richard E. Castleman.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Grady S. Bennet; her sisters, Janice Castleman Copely and Bettye Castleman Mason (Allen); brother Ron Castleman (Diane) as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Evalena grew up in Mt. Juliet and was a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School’s class of 1956. After her marriage to Grady Bennett in 1960, they made their home in Lebanon.   She worked for Dan Evins at the time he started Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.  She became an officer of the company, serving as Corporate Secretary for many years.  In all she was associated with Cracker Barrel and Evins Properties for almost 45 years.

Evalena’s true love was her family, special friends and art. Her closest friends were also like family to her and she nicknamed them “Evie’s Angels”. She was truly a gifted artist and her family and friends were grateful recipients of her beautiful lasting creative works throughout her life.

The family would like to thank her loyal friends and neighbors for their love and support during this time.

Per her wishes, there will only be a graveside service at Wilson County Memorial Park located on South Maple Street, Lebanon, TN 37087, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Todd Elliott officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Charles Fite and Don Turner. Active pallbearers are Tommy Williams, William Glover, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sherry’s Run, which helps cancer patients in need. P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.

Messages for the Family

  1. Bobbie Farmer says:
    I am sorry for your loss of this beautiful lady. May God comfort you.
  2. Glenda Baddour Palmer says:
    Grady, my heart goes out to you. Evalena was a beautiful person and a good friend.
  3. Ben and Evelyn Purnell says:
    Grady, so sorry for your loss Ben and I extend our deepest sympathy to a wonderful neighbor.
  4. Charles and Lucy says:
    Grady, Lucy and I are so sorry for your loss and our prayers go out to you and the family.
  5. Haywood Barry says:
    Grady, So sorry to learn this. I always admired the way she worked and seemed to always smile. We will miss her and know you will. She was a wonderful person. Your Friend, Haywood Barry
  6. Haywood Barry says:
    Grady, So sorry to learn of this. She was such a wonderful person. I will miss her smile. I know how hard it is for you to loose her. Your Friend, Haywood Barry
  7. Ken and Clare Eskew says:
    Grady, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you!
  8. Tom Nix says:
    Grady so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. If you need anything, please let me know. God Bless
  9. John Begarly says:
    There is a great void in our family now. We all loved Evalena and will miss her terribly.
  10. Steve Brown says:
    Grady, Caroline and I are so very sorry for the loss of your wife, our neighbor, and friend. May God comfort you as only He can during this difficult time. We are here for you.