Charles R. Bennett Jr.

Age 87 : The World War II merchant seaman later served as a maitre d'.


Charles Reginald Bennett Jr., a retired maitre d' and World War II merchant marine veteran, died June 19 of emphysema at Sinai Hospital. The Forest Park resident was 87.

Mr. Bennett was born in Baltimore and raised on Leadenhall Street. He attended city public schools.

During World War II, he served as a cook aboard Liberty ships in Europe.

He was a maintenance worker at Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School before becoming a maitre d' in the early 1960s.

Mr. Bennett had worked as a maitre d' at the Tail of the Fox in Timonium, at Turf Valley Country Club and at the Pimlico Race Course clubhouse before retiring on medical disability in 1969.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published in Thursday's editions of The Sun for Charles Reginald Bennett Jr. misidentified the name of his daughter and the hometown of a stepdaughter. He is survived by Regina L. Yarabough of East Orange, N.J. A stepdaughter, Beverly Jones, lives in Moorefield, W.Va.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Mr. Bennett enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.

"He was a good cook and prepared Southern-style dishes. I loved his shrimp creole, and he made wonderful crab cakes," said his wife of 34 years, the former Esther Skinner.

Mr. Bennett enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the High Bidder Pinochle Club.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pennsylvania Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave.

Also surviving are a daughter, Esther Yarabough of East Orange, N.J.; five stepsons, Edward Skinner and James Johnson, both of Randallstown, Maurice Ellison of Baltimore, Melachy Israely of Pearl, Miss., and George S. Johnson of Oklahoma City; four stepdaughters, Elvira Robinson, Sandra Johnson and Gertrude Johnson, all of Baltimore, and Beverly Jones of Warfield, Va.; a brother, William Jerome Bennett of Jamaica, N.Y.; 28 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A marriage to the former Doris Butler ended in divorce. A son, Charles R. Bennett III, died this year.

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