LANCASTER—Jeremy Allen Bennett, 23, passed away on March 6, 2017.
Jeremy arrived and began to bless our lives on December 27, 1993 at Arlington Hospital. He was raised in Alexandria until 1998, lived in Fairfax until he went off to Longwood University in Farmville in 2012.
His parents, Jim and Cheri, retired and now reside in Lancaster. Jeremy was a special bright light in everyone’s eye, always ready with a huge smile, a big hug, his trademark laugh and a deep love and affection for his friends and family.
Memories flood our souls this day of Jeremy, but here’s a sprinkling of happy highlights of his life to share: Jeremy was affectionately known to many of his school friends as “Bennett,” was an avid “Batman” fan as everyone knew and he loved his Washington Redskins—especially when they were winning. Jeremy would light up the room when he walked in and everyone was drawn to him—either to talk about life, debate politics, or ask him to cook something special. He had a special gift where he could talk to anyone from toddlers to senior citizens and made you feel that you were the most important person in the world at that moment.
Jeremy loved vacationing with his parents, grandparents and his best friend, Alan, in his beloved Hatteras. He loved the barrier island, the natural preserves, fishing, walking the beach, making sand castles, body surfing—just being there made him happy. He began his love for Hatteras at nine months old and last visited the island with the family in October last year.
Jeremy was a fierce and faithful friend, had a larger than life presence, infectious personality, was thoughtful, patient, kind-hearted, loved a good joke, loved to laugh and loved life itself. Jeremy knew his God, loved Jesus and is sitting by his side in heaven as our guardian angel now and forever. We will miss his love, his laugh, his hugs, kisses and tender touch…we will all miss much about our Jeremy.
Jeremy wanted to be involved with everyone and everything since he was born. He began taking karate lessons at age 5 and earned his second-degree black belt in 2005. He ultimately became a mentor, instructor and employee, and had a deep love and affection for his “brother” Sasha. He was also on numerous soccer teams until his junior year in high school with his FPYC buddies, was a member of the Woodson High School wrestling and football teams, and a member of the DECA club.
Jeremy graduated in 2012 from Woodson High School, Fairfax. He attended Longwood University and was on target to graduate with a bachelor’s in economics in May 2017. Jeremy also worked at Army/Navy Country Club of Fairfax in 2010-11 as club assistant; enjoyed an awesome internship in Indianapolis, Ind., with Delta Technologies, Inc., spring of 2011; was a camp counselor and instructor at Deitrich’s Karate Studio in Burke, 2009-2012; and marketing director/acting general manager for Kid Junction in Chantilly, 2013-2014.
Jeremy is survived by his parents, James and Cherilynn Bennett. He also is survived by his devoted grandparents, Ralph (PopPop) and Merry (MoDo) Glascoe; aunt, Merrylynn Mozingo; uncle, (in-law) John Mozingo; uncle, Stephen Bennett; aunt, Libby Bennett; childhood best friend and “brother,” Alan Bauer; and sweet, loving girlfriend, Shannon Lindemann. Jeremy will be greatly missed by his immediate family as well as his half-brothers and sister, nieces, cousins, and numerous friends—literally anyone who ever met him was a friend for life.
The family will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at St. George’s United Methodist Church, 4910 Ox Road, Fairfax (stgumc.org). A celebration of Jeremy’s life will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the church.
Everyone is encouraged to wear your favorite “Batman” t-shirt for Jeremy. Carpooling is strongly recommended. A reception will be held immediately after the service.
Jeremy will return home with his parents and a memorial service will be held at a later date at Kilmarnock United Methodist, Kilmarnock. Additionally, Longwood University will schedule a memorial service to honor Jeremy in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kilmarnock United Methodist Church in loving honor of the exceptional life that Jeremy led.