Thaddeus Clay Bennett, Sr. born September 9, 1951 went to his forever home on Friday, August 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Amos Bennett, Sr., Rosa Alexander, his stepfather Nathaniel Alexander, Sr., sister Helen Vaughn and brother Amos Bennett, Jr.
Thaddeus’ wide array of interests, talents and skills were reflected in his career choices. The savvy entrepreneur spent time with Ford Motor Company, he worked closely with his mother at A&B …., was a successfully real estate broker, property owner and property manager. In his later years, to honor his mother’s legacy, Thaddeus returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Norfolk State University.
As varied as Thaddeus’ career and business activities were, his love of music was his deep passion. The bassist musician was a song writer and producer. He worked with local and national artists. Those local to Hampton Roads can hear one of his tunes every afternoon on WPCE. He wrote the theme song, Crusading for Christ, for the Christian radio station. It’s been playing for over 20 years.
One of Thaddeus’ greatest joys was spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends. He leaves to cherish his memory his children Katrina Hall, Joy Windham (Rhett), Tammie Bennett-Strickland (David), and Thaddeus C. Bennett, II. His granddaughter Ashlyn Windham and grandson Rhett Zane Wyndham. Also cherishing memories are a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He is survived by his siblings Nathaniel Alexander, Jr. and Nathalin Carey.
Remember the smile. Those closest to Thaddeus will always think of him when watching the Dallas Cowboys. Will give a chuckle and a nod when a gentleman in bold colors and a brim hat walks by. Those he coached and mentored will forever see every human being as he did – for their potential, not their current circumstance. His musical comrades will always hear his laughter and think of him when in the company of an exceptional melody. All who seek to do better and be better can be emboldened by his words; “I will not run away. I will not be afraid. I will do all I can to help someone. In a world that is cold to help the lost and hurting souls, I’m crusading for Christ.”
His body will lie in state for viewing on Monday, 6pm - 8pm at Fitchett Funeral Home, 1821 Liberty Street. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st at 11:00 am, Bethany Baptist Church on Campostella Road.