Elder Ashton Bennett, affectionately known as “Pop”, was born on May 21, 1952
in Clarendon County, South Carolina to the Late Bishop John Arthur Bennett and the
late Joeneatha Nelson Bennett. He was raised by his father and step-mother, the late
Elder Margaret DesChamps in Pinewood, SC. He was one of ten siblings. It was in
Summerton that he spent his childhood and completed his primary education at St.
Paul Elementary and Scott’s Branch High School. Ashton received his high School
diploma from Manchester High School in 1970.
As a young man, Ashton grew up and fellowshipped at Mt. Calvary Holiness
church. He was always musically inclined and played the guitar there. It was in 1970
that Ashton migrated to New Jersey. In 1976, Ashton recommitted his life back to the
Lord and joined Miracle Temple Church under the leadership of the Late Bishop
Reatha E. Snell. During Ashton’s tenure at Miracle Temple, he was faithful in his role
as Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Visitation & Outreach Ministry as well
as the Music Ministry. He was the Chief Deacon for more than two decades and the in-
house comedian. He was a firm believer that “Your Words have Power” and that there
is “Power in the Word.”
He served faithfully in his church until he retired and migrated back to his childhood
home of Summerton, South Carolina. Even then, returning for Convocation and
Convention. For many years, Ashton worked at a glass company in Jersey City, New
Jersey finally finding his place at Old Dominion Freight Lines. He retired from Old
Dominion Freight Lines on May 25, 2017 after seventeen years of service.
In 1976, Ashton met the love of his life, Vernice Brown. On June 23, 1977 the two
were united in Holy Matrimony and became one. From this union, they were blessed
with nine beautiful children.
Ashton was pre-deceased by one son, Demetrius Brown and three siblings, Jurel
Thomas, Keith Bennett and Henrietta Gordon.
He leaves to cherish his memory his lovely wife, Vernice Bennett. His children Lolita
Edwards of Manning, SC, Aliyah Brown of Jersey City, NJ, Eugene Brown of Seattle,
WA, Michael Brown of Manning, SC, Andre Bowman of Atlanta, GA, Lamont Brown of
Summerton, SC, Nicole Bennett of Jersey City, NJ, April (Anthony) Dingle of Jersey City,
NJ; siblings, Gwendolyn (Marion) Garvin of Fayetteville, NC, Geraldine Bennett,
Dorothy B. White, Willie Bennett and Barbara Bennett, all of Summerton, SC, Pastor
Vandria (Will) Robinson of Orangeburg, SC, Brother-in-law, Marion Gordon of Estill,
SC, Jeanette Rhames of Brooklyn, NY, Connie Smiling of Pinewood, SC, Louis (Denise)
Deschamps of Pinewood, SC, George Deschamps of Wilmington, NC, Julius (Deborah)
Deschamps of Thomasville, NC, Viola (John) Greer and Linda Palmer, both of Cayce,
SC, Lanell Deschamps of Georgia and Willie (Barbara) Huggins of Philadelphia, PA; 15
grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren; a God-daughter, Angela Brooks-Wright of
Jersey City, NJ; a God-son, Shawn Gordon and a host of nieces and nephews, friends
and those that loved him.
Until we meet again, Ashton will live on in our hearts.
The family is receiving friends at the home, 1189 Goslin Pond Road, North
|Elder Ashton "Pop" Bennett
Date of Birth: 05-11-1952
Date of Death: 12-09-2018
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church
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Summerton, SC 29148
Rev. Dr. William T. Johnson, Host
Bishop Amos Major-Eulogist,
Assisted by Elder Clarence Bullock, Elder
Pearl Major, Prophet Mark A. McCollum
Final Resting Place
Mt. Calvary Holiness Church Cemetery
2089 Dingle Pond Road
Dyson's Home for Funerals Chapel
Friday, December 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Elder Bennett will placed
in the church for viewing one hour
prior to the service
|A time to every purpose under the
heaven; A time to be born and a time to
die; a time to plant and a time to pluck
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2