Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The IOOF Funeral Of Geroge W. Bennett

George Washington Bennett (pictured below, left) was born in 1841 and died in 1814. He served in the Confederate Army and he and his wife Anne raised 9 kids on Clover Fork. David Parmer shares this group photo taken at G.W. Bennett's funeral. This photo features his fellow members of the Orlando Chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

In the photo also are many of his family. Note in particular his grandson Glenn Skinner (son of Gid and Sarah (Bennett) Skinner), the little boy with the white hat 4th from the left in the front row. Below to the left is a photo of Glenn taken in the 1960s.

About the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, according to David Parmer, "There was a large contingent of IOOF members from Orlando who were members of the Burnsville Lodge No 252. In 1954 the Burnsville Lodge membership included W. E. Beckner, W. D. "Deck" Brown, Lawrence Dyer, Reverend England, E. L. Fox, William Fox, Worthington Hurst, C. M. Mick, Cyrus Mick, Dem Mick, J. L. Ocheltree,and Nathan Parmer. Several other members from Orlando had died. This lodge had been organized in the 1890s and always had an Orlando flavor."

Pictured in the funeral photo are:
Front Row Dave Bennett. Edward Bennett and wife, Glenn Skinner (boy seated with white hat), Taylor Riffle. Dick Ratliff, Erma Cosner Bennett, Bessie (Fox) Riffle.

2nd Row George Bennett & wife, Hans Bennett, Bill Foster, Gid Skinner & wife, Mrs. George Ed Bennett, George Ed Bennett, Gav Allman, Billy Skinner, Freeman Russ Riffle, Nathan Parmer, Charles Cole, Joseph Riffle, Edmund Skinner.

3rd Row S. Nicholson, Hut Mick (with white beard), George Foster, Ezra Posey, Frank Henline, S. Conrad.

4th Row Charles Skinner, Vas Oldaker, Dave McCord, Garrett Fox, Garrett Freeman, Pauline McCord.

By the bye, Glenn Skinner did not follow in his grandfather's footsteps and join the IOOF. Rather, he was a Mason, affiliated with the Burnsville Chapter untill he moved to Florida in the 1960s.

See also
30 May '06 Bennetts of Clover Fork
'06 Virginia (McCoy) Was a Teacher on Clover Fork
10 July '06 Picture 50 Years On Clover Fork

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