C. Scott Bennett, III
COLUMBIA - Scott was born August 6, 1943 in Huntingdon, TN and passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. He was a son of the late Curtis Scott Bennett, Jr. and Carmen Moore Bennett. Scott was a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Civil Engineering. While at UT he was a member of Chi Epsilon National Honorary Civil Engineering Fraternity. He retired from the US Geological Survey (USGS) as Assistant District Chief for the state of SC. While employed with the USGS he was instrumental in bringing real-time data collection to the state of SC. He was project leader on a study of the impact of the I-77 beltway around Columbia. He authored numerous other professional articles related to hydrology in SC. Scott received the Superior Service Award for his contribution to the agency. After six years of retirement, he worked as a building inspector in Richland County. Scott obtained a Master Code Professional certification, which at the time he was one of only 500 in the entire US to have this distinction. He was recognized by Richland County for this exceptional accomplishment. He also held 17 other professional certifications, which was the most held by any inspector in the State of South Carolina; and also served as mentor to new inspectors. He was also an Engineering Consultant with The Dennis Corporation. He was also a licensed home builder, licensed home inspector, and a master electrician. Scott's hobbies were fishing, any sports related to the UT Volunteers, woodworking, enjoying nature and spending time with his family and friends. His accomplishments were many but known to few due to his humble nature.
Scott is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jane Hutto Bennett of Lake Murray; son, Tim Bennett (Jan) of Nashville, TN; daughter, Sheryl Bennett Lawter (Jody) of Chapin; step daughters, April Maranville Dowdee (Jim) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Julianna Maranville O'Hara (Michael) of Hollister, CA and June Maranville of Lexington, SC; grandsons, Thomas Pease, Matthew Minnich and Tyler Bennett; brother, Donald Bennett (Marcia) of Huntingdon, TN; niece, Samantha and nephew, Chris; beloved dog, Lily and a host of family, friends and beloved pets.
A memorial service for Scott Bennett, III, 68, will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel. A Celebration of Scott's life will follow after the memorial service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pets Inc., 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170 or to Midlands Special Needs Foundation, 109 A Vista Oaks Drive, Lexington, SC 29072 or a charity of one's choice.