A native of Harlan County, he devoted his working life to the mining of coal in Harlan and Bell counties.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ves and Fairanna Bennett; his brothers: Clyde V. Bennett, Dr. Dale Bennett, Harry Bennett and Homer Bennett; and his sister, Anna Ruth Bennett Davis.
Survivors include eight children and 17 grandchildren: Susan and husband, Mark; Duane Jr. and wife, Debra, and their children: Sara Grace and Parker; George and wife, Sheri, and their children: Christopher, Michelle and Andrew; Fairanna and husband, Trent, and their children: Randy and Amanda; Lisa and her children: Chelsey, Blake and Noah; Benjamin and wife, Dawn, and their children: Aubry and Meredith; Libby and her children: Stephen and Cody; and Sarah and husband, Nadeem, and their children: Amna, Kalib and Armaan; five great-grandchildren; two former wives, Ruby and Eleanor; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Visitation is Sunday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Harlan Center, 201 S. Main Street in downtown Harlan.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. at the Harlan Baptist Church with the Rev. Pete Rowe officiating.
Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.
Duane Bennett Jr., George F. Bennett, Benjamin R. Bennett, Whitley Davis, Trent Rainey and Mark Bascom will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be the superintendents, foremen and coal miners of Manalapan Mining Company, Cloverfork Mining and Excavating, Left Fork Mining Company and B&S Trucking.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bank of Harlan, (c/o Judy Browning, P.O. Box 919, Harlan, KY 40831) in regards to a charity that will be established in his honor.
Harlan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.