James S. "Jim" Bennett, Jr. of Sherwood Place, Morganton, NC died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC. He was born May 20, 1933 in Burke County, and was a son of the late James S. Bennett, Sr., and Ola Canipe Bennett.Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who derived great pleasure from simple things. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of the nearby mountains where he lived. His family will remember most his joy at the quiet moments he spent with them.He is survived by his wife, Peggy Fisher Bennett of the home; sons, Steve Bennett and wife, Jackie, of Kiawah Island, SC, and Mike Bennett and wife, Tammy, of King, NC; a grandson, Adam Bennett; step-grandchildren, Josh and Joey Allen; a brother, Doug Bennett of Conyers, GA; and a sister, Kitty Wachob of Buffalo, NY. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Bennett, and a sister, Sarah Williams.Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 10, 2007 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Queen officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to the Salvation Army, Burke County, PO Box 2786, Morganton, NC 28680.

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