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Mother Pearlie Bennett was born Pearlie Marie Houston to Susie Jones and Freddie Houston on July 29, 1946 in Austin, TX. She was the 8th child of 9. She is preceded in departure to Glory by parents, her sister Annie Mae Brown, and brothers Freddie Houston, Samuel Houston, James Houston, and Kyrie Houston. She leaves with us her sisters Dorothy Coleman, Mother Ella Bennett (Will), and Susie Jones.
She attended L.C. Anderson High School and graduated from Del Valle High School. In her career, Mother Bennett worked in food services at Regan High School in Austin, TX until she retired.
Mother Bennett has always loved God and was a faithful servant all the way until she went to be with the Lord. She grew up at Del Valle Missionary Baptist Church under Rev. Hill until she joined Greater Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in 1967 upon marrying her husband under the leadership of Elder Eugene Bonner. She loved her church and her pastor's following, and was very active, serving in various ministries including Sunday School, singing in the Choir, and the Mothers' and Deaconess Board. Mother Bennett also served in the El Bethel District Association, the General Primitive Baptist Convention of Texas and was a regular attendee of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA.
On March 25, 1967, she married her honey, Deacon Jimmy Lee Bennett of 56 years. The two shared many cherished memories full of love, faith, laughter and many visits down the highway to church services, revivals, and conventions, making many friends everywhere they went. Of this union, four daughters were born: Cynthia Reliford (Wesley), Patricia Bennett, and twins Janice Lee (Nakia), and Denice Tinnon (Atwell). They also have nine grandchildren: Cheré Bennett, Calvin Shepard Jr., Jasmine Johnson, Kayla Tinnon, Jade Spivey, Jayla Johnson, Tévion Tinnon, Nakia Wilkins-Lee, Xachary Lee and one great-grandchild Malachi Clyde. “Nanny” as they called her, was very proud of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild and loved them very much.
Mother Pearlie Bennett was loved and cherished by all that knew her, and she devoted her life to her family, church, and all of those she loved.