Charles O. Bennett Jr., minister, SSA trainer

February 15, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Charles O. Bennett Jr., a retired Social Security Administration training officer who had served as pastor of Marriottsville United Methodist Church, died Monday of a stroke at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. The Sykesville resident was 87.

Dr. Bennett was born in Jamestown, N.D., and was raised there and in Montevideo, Minn. After earning a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., he entered the Army.

After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he was assigned to the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific.

After the war ended, he enrolled at Rutgers University, where he earned two master's degrees. He earned a doctorate from Princeton University.

He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1952, said his daughter, Sharon R. Krickler of Sykesville.

A Sykesville resident since 1962, Dr. Bennett was a training officer at the SSA's Woodlawn headquarters, from which he retired in 1980.

He was pastor of Marriottsville United Methodist and was active with the Carroll County Food Sunday program from 1980 until his retirement in 2000.

Dr. Bennett was a longtime member of the Sykesville-South Carroll Rotary Club. He had served as club president from 1981 to 1982, and was governor of Rotary District 7620 from 1969 to 1970.

He was an active member of Springfield Presbyterian Church in Sykesville.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Haight Funeral Home, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Also surviving are three foster children, Hank Robertson of Morristown, Tenn., Frank Robertson of Hanover, Pa., and Bonita Wilson of Sykesville; two brothers, Richard Bennett of Lino Lakes, Minn., and Jean Bennett of Fargo, N.D.; a sister, Mary Johnson of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and three grandsons.

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