Patricia "Pat" Nelson Bennett McInturff left her earthly home on Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 with family by her side. She was born in McDowell County on June 19th, 1946 to the late William Nelson & Lena Gurley Nelson. She was preceded in death by her nephew Jeff Nelson, her brother Peter Nelson, her son Brandon Bennett and her husband Tony D. McInturff. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her brother Billy Nelson of Pleasant Gardens, children Andy Bennett and spouse Janice of Fairview, son Todd Bennett of Charlotte and daughter Kara Bennett Bonura and spouse John of Marion. She also leaves her 6 grandchildren Cody Bennett, Haiden Ball, Shane Bennett, Devon Bennett, Dominic Bennett and Lauren Bonura. A nephew Adam nelson and niece Natasha Nelson of California. A Aunt Anne Burnette and a number of cousins and some very dear friends including a special one Judy Connor.
Pat was a very special lady to so many. She was a positive, inspiring, funny, witty infectious soul always looking to make someone laugh. She was the most giving person who always put others before herself, spending most of her days helping everyone she could and always with a smile. Her laughter and jokes will be greatly missed. She enjoyed family get togethers especially Thanksgiving (her favorite holiday) in which she would talk about all year. She was also an avid Tar heel fan sharing that love of the game with her son Todd and brother Bill. She loved her children and grandchildren very much and talked about them all often. She will always be remembered for her kindness and unselfish acts towards others, often times doing without to help someone else. She was a fighter by nature and a strong willed woman. Her strength and positivity throughout her life will be remembered by so many. She touched a lot of lives in her years.
A graduate and Val Victorian of Pleasant Gardens High School most of her career was spent in Law enforcement working as a 911 dispatcher for The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and also the Asheville Police Department. She also worked for a number of years in the Crime Lab in Charlotte. She was the secretary to the Dean at Montreat College in Black Mountain. She graduated as one of the top in her class and was a very talented lady who mastered shorthand writing and was a well-known speed typist named as one of the top three in the state. She retired from Columbia Forest Products and Camp Grier in 2003.
Her memory will live on in so many hearts and she will be remembered by her children and grandchildren as the anchor and matriarch she was.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Depot, 25 W Main St., Old Fort, NC, 28762.
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