James Mann Bennett, 69, a retired carpenter, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Carroll County General Hospital.
Services were to be held today at the Bounds Funeral Home in Salisbury.
Mr. Bennett, of Upperco, lived most of his life in Mardela Springs, where he was born, and graduated from Mardela High School. He worked as a self-employed carpenter, building cabinets and furniture, and he worked on home remodeling projects on the Eastern Shore.
He moved to Upperco seven years ago when he married Edna Mae Lowe. An early marriage to Grace Budd ended in divorce.