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Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Bennett Funeral Service are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Bennett Funeral Service

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Robbie Bennett President/Funeral Director

Robert (Robbie) Bennett is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, crematory operator and along with his wife Rhonda, he is co-owner of Bennett Funeral Service. A graduate of Maiden High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, with over 32 years experience as a funeral service professional. He served as District Director for the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association for six years, where he chaired several committees and served on the Executive board. Robbie is also a former member of the Bandys Volunteer Fire Department, has served two terms as past president of Balls Creek Lions Club and Balls Creek Optimist Club, and was elected by County Commissioners to serve on the Balls Creek Small Area Planning Committee. 

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Rhonda Bennett Vice-President/Business Manager

Rhonda (Lee) Bennett and her husband Robbie are  owners of Bennett Funeral Service. A graduate of Bandys High School and Fayetteville Technical Community College, she has completed her apprenticeship and is preparing to take her State Exam to become a licensed funeral director. Rhonda is a lifelong member of the Balls Creek Community, and prior to joining her husband in funeral service, she worked with Catawba County Schools.

 

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Dayne Marsh Funeral Director

Dayne Marsh is a North Carolina Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator. He is a 2005 graduate of East Burke High School and a 2010 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He has passionately served families in the Piedmont and Lake Norman area for over 10 years. Dayne specializes in building relationships with each family he serves. During his career he has had the opportunity to participate in After-Care Groups and Funeral Home Management.

Dayne lives in Hildebran, NC, where he attends Shoup's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his funeral service career, he has served as a firefighter with Icard Township Fire Rescue since 2015. He also enjoys fishing, hiking and spending time with his family and fiancé, Paige, along with his dogs, Lewis and Gunner.

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Dave Blackburn Funeral Assistant

Dave began working with Bennett Funeral Service in 2013 as a funeral assistant. A native of Newton, Dave and his wife of 53 years, Doris Roseman Blackburn have two sons and two beautiful granddaughters.  He is a 1958 graduate of Newton Conover High School, member of Faith Baptist Church in Newton, a member of Masonic Lodge 248 in Newton and American Legion Post 16. Dave enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  

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Joel and Jan Harris Aftercare Directors

Joel and Jan Harris will lead the aftercare program at  Bennett Funeral Service

Joel Harris is a graduate of Bandys High School and Lenoir Rhyne University.  He currently serves as Minister of Music/Outreach of Trinity Baptist Church in Newton NC, with over 40 years experience in church work.  He is a past member of Newton-Conover Rotary Club.  He also served on the downtown revitalization committee in Newton.  


Jan Kirby Harris is a graduate of Newton-Conover High School and attended Mars Hill University for 2 years.  She worked in the banking industry for 15 years and in the retail furniture business for over 25 years.  She also works alongside her husband in ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Newton. She and her husband, Joel, reside in Newton.  They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

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Charlie Miller Funeral Assistant

Charlie is a Catawba County native, a graduate of St. Stephens High School, and a US Army veteran. Charlie and his wife, Janie Houser Miller, have been married for forty eight years, have two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Charlie is a lifelong member of St Stephens Lutheran Church, Mo. Synod in Hickory, a charter member of American Legion Post #544 where he serves as Vice-Commander, and the Honor Guard. Charlie joined the staff of Bennett Funeral Service in October 2014 as a funeral assistant. 

 

"It is truly an honor to be a part of the Bennett Family and to serve the people of our community."

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Mike Trouille Funeral Assistant

Mike began working as a part-time funeral assistant with Bennett Funeral Service in 2016. He was born and raised in the Balls Creek/Bandys Community.

Mike is a graduate of Bandys High School and a 23-year veteran fireman for Bandys Fire Dept. Station #2 and former owner of Ken's Body Shop in Maiden. Mike has been happily married to Beth Wright Trouille for 45 years, he has two sons and two grandchildren. Mike is a lifelong member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden, he enjoys fishing, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time at his log cabin.

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Anita Loftin Administrative Assistant

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Tim Lowrance Funeral Assistant

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Eddy Caldwell Funeral Assistant

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Jim Schronce Funeral Assistant

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Raymond Hamrick Funeral Assistant

Raymond joined Bennett Funeral Service as a part-time funeral assistant in 2015 after retirement.  He and his wife of 43 years, Denise Wells Hamrick reside in Newton, they have two daughters and enjoy spending time with their 4 grandchildren. Raymond is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired after 33 years of service from Mt. View Baptist Church in Maiden.  Raymond enjoys yardwork and riding his motorcycle. 

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Rodney Sigmon Funeral Assistant

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David Adams Funeral Assistant

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Amanda Lancaster Hairdresser

Robbie Bennett

President/Funeral Director
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Robert (Robbie) Bennett is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, crematory operator and along with his wife Rhonda, he is co-owner of Bennett Funeral Service. A graduate of Maiden High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, with over 32 years experience as a funeral service professional. He served as District Director for the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association for six years, where he chaired several committees and served on the Executive board. Robbie is also a former member of the Bandys Volunteer Fire Department, has served two terms as past president of Balls Creek Lions Club and Balls Creek Optimist Club, and was elected by County Commissioners to serve on the Balls Creek Small Area Planning Committee. 

Rhonda Bennett

Vice-President/Business Manager
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Rhonda (Lee) Bennett and her husband Robbie are  owners of Bennett Funeral Service. A graduate of Bandys High School and Fayetteville Technical Community College, she has completed her apprenticeship and is preparing to take her State Exam to become a licensed funeral director. Rhonda is a lifelong member of the Balls Creek Community, and prior to joining her husband in funeral service, she worked with Catawba County Schools.

 

Dayne Marsh

Funeral Director
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Dayne Marsh is a North Carolina Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator. He is a 2005 graduate of East Burke High School and a 2010 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He has passionately served families in the Piedmont and Lake Norman area for over 10 years. Dayne specializes in building relationships with each family he serves. During his career he has had the opportunity to participate in After-Care Groups and Funeral Home Management.

Dayne lives in Hildebran, NC, where he attends Shoup's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his funeral service career, he has served as a firefighter with Icard Township Fire Rescue since 2015. He also enjoys fishing, hiking and spending time with his family and fiancé, Paige, along with his dogs, Lewis and Gunner.

Dave Blackburn

Funeral Assistant
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Dave began working with Bennett Funeral Service in 2013 as a funeral assistant. A native of Newton, Dave and his wife of 53 years, Doris Roseman Blackburn have two sons and two beautiful granddaughters.  He is a 1958 graduate of Newton Conover High School, member of Faith Baptist Church in Newton, a member of Masonic Lodge 248 in Newton and American Legion Post 16. Dave enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  

Joel and Jan Harris

Aftercare Directors
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Joel and Jan Harris will lead the aftercare program at  Bennett Funeral Service

Joel Harris is a graduate of Bandys High School and Lenoir Rhyne University.  He currently serves as Minister of Music/Outreach of Trinity Baptist Church in Newton NC, with over 40 years experience in church work.  He is a past member of Newton-Conover Rotary Club.  He also served on the downtown revitalization committee in Newton.  


Jan Kirby Harris is a graduate of Newton-Conover High School and attended Mars Hill University for 2 years.  She worked in the banking industry for 15 years and in the retail furniture business for over 25 years.  She also works alongside her husband in ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Newton. She and her husband, Joel, reside in Newton.  They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Charlie Miller

Funeral Assistant
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Charlie is a Catawba County native, a graduate of St. Stephens High School, and a US Army veteran. Charlie and his wife, Janie Houser Miller, have been married for forty eight years, have two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Charlie is a lifelong member of St Stephens Lutheran Church, Mo. Synod in Hickory, a charter member of American Legion Post #544 where he serves as Vice-Commander, and the Honor Guard. Charlie joined the staff of Bennett Funeral Service in October 2014 as a funeral assistant. 

 

"It is truly an honor to be a part of the Bennett Family and to serve the people of our community."

Mike Trouille

Funeral Assistant
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Mike began working as a part-time funeral assistant with Bennett Funeral Service in 2016. He was born and raised in the Balls Creek/Bandys Community.

Mike is a graduate of Bandys High School and a 23-year veteran fireman for Bandys Fire Dept. Station #2 and former owner of Ken's Body Shop in Maiden. Mike has been happily married to Beth Wright Trouille for 45 years, he has two sons and two grandchildren. Mike is a lifelong member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden, he enjoys fishing, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time at his log cabin.

Anita Loftin

Administrative Assistant
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Tim Lowrance

Funeral Assistant
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Eddy Caldwell

Funeral Assistant
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Jim Schronce

Funeral Assistant
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Raymond Hamrick

Funeral Assistant
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Raymond joined Bennett Funeral Service as a part-time funeral assistant in 2015 after retirement.  He and his wife of 43 years, Denise Wells Hamrick reside in Newton, they have two daughters and enjoy spending time with their 4 grandchildren. Raymond is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired after 33 years of service from Mt. View Baptist Church in Maiden.  Raymond enjoys yardwork and riding his motorcycle. 

Rodney Sigmon

Funeral Assistant
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David Adams

Funeral Assistant
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Amanda Lancaster

Hairdresser
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