Willie Earl Bennett
November 08, 1949 - April 04, 2021
Willie Earl Bennett was born in Morris, Alabama, November 8, 1949 to Willie Mae Bennett and Willie Starky. At the age of seven his family moved to Omaha, NE. Willie attended Omaha North High School, before enlisting in the United States Army in 1968.
During his enlistment he served as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged. While enlisted, Willie received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Following his military service, Willie had three loving daughters and a grandson, whom he raised as his son. Willie retired after working 18 years at Campbell Soup.
Willie loved sports. His favorites teams were the Chiefs, Huskers, and the Creighton Blue Jays. He played softball for the Raiders, Aquarius, and Thomas before coaching the MAPS women's softball team. Willie was also an avid golfer, where he placed in several local tournaments. He taught elementary and middle school students golf at Steve Hogan's First Tee and Omaha Public School.
Willie was an active member of Morning Star Baptist Church, where he met and married the love of his life Johnnetta (Coffiel) Bennett. While at Morning Star, he served as a Trustee and was also in the Men's Laymen Ministry.
Willie loved traveling for golf and leisure. Some of his favorite places were Arizona, Alaska, Canada, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and traveling to see Creighton's softball team.
Willie was preceded in death by his father Willie Starky. Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Willie Mae (Bennett) Williams, his devoted wife of 14 years Johnnetta Bennett. Siblings; Pearl Smith, Ernestine Dorsey, Richard Williams, Jeannette (John) Morehead, Pastor Bruce (Patricia) Williams. Children; Marvella Warren, Andrea (LaKeith) Richardson, Tracie (Jermaine) Burton, Stephon Flowers (adopted son). Stepchildren; Mike (Sun-Hee) Coffiel, Sabina Coffiel, Renee Coffiel, Nita (Terrance) Spencer. Special cousins; Eileen Watson, Tina (LeRoy) Martin. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.