Harold Maurice Bennett, son of the late Jabie and Johnsie L. Bennett, was born on Apr. 11, 1960 in Anson County Hospital, Wadesboro, N.C. He departed this life suddenly on Thur, June 11 at 49 years of age in a truck accident in Statesville.

At an early age Bennett accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined Pee Dee Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Wade Gatewood.

“Hal,” as the family lovingly called him, was born a twin; the baby of the two. Harold was very protective of his twin and always sought her advice as they shared may likes and dislikes. Usually when Carol ventured out or progressed, Harold soon followed; never planned, but the energy between them was almost identical in nature.

Upon graduating from Bowman Senior High School, Wadesboro, N.C. in 1978, he moved to Charlotte where he resided until death. After relocating to Charlotte, Bennett enrolled in Central Piedmont Community College where he received a degree in broadcasting, and was employed with IBM. Harold followed in the footsteps of his dad and became a professional truck driver. As a result of his passion for driving, he was blessed to drive for a medical supply company, UPS, AAA Cooper and Food Lion.

Harold played many sports: softball, basketball, tennis, and bowling; he was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers and Lakers fan. He was also gifted in photography and music, which led him to become a professional DJ.

Harold was loved by all that knew him; he was warm, giving, loving, compassionate, a hard worker and loved his family without reservation. He would go the extra mile to sacrifice for what he believed or cherished. His desire to see the family stick together was obvious to each sibling.

Harold leaves to cherish his memories: Ingrid Dowdell his fiancé; her daughter Lauren and mother Beatrice Williams, all of Charlotte; four sisters, his twin Carol (David) Smith, Charlotte, Shirley Denise (Romero) Nicks, Ellicott City, M.D., Gwendolyn (Guy) Marlow, Chesapeake, Va., Elanders (Therman) Arrington, Baltimore, M.D.; five brothers, Paul Edward (Shirley) Bennett, Burtonsville, M.D., Lewis Douglas Bennett, Houston, T.X., Andrew Jackson Marshall, Lilesville, N.C., Jeffrey Lynn (Trina) Wall of Greensboro, N.C., James Terry Wall of High Point, N.C.; two uncles, Daniel (Margaret) Allen, Michael (Tina) Allen of Chicago, Ill; 9 nieces, 8 nephews and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

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