Thomas Dewayne Bennich

by Lynn McMillen
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Funeral service for Thomas Dewayne Bennich, 61, will be Friday, May 26, 2023 at 3:00 PM at Grace Point Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Bailey and Bro. Joe David Bailey officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Key Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home.

Dewayne, a loving husband, father, son, brother, and respected member of the Hartselle community, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2022. He leaves behind a legacy of success, love, and dedication to both his family and the community he called home. Dewayne’s commitment to his business, and his passion for cattle farming at Keystone Farms will forever be remembered. Born on February 25, 1962 to Tom and Edith Bennich, Dewayne grew up in a loving household.

From a young age, he developed a strong work ethic and learned the value of perseverance and determination. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dewayne took over the family business, and transformed it into a thriving enterprise that served the Hartselle community for over six decades. He was a 1980 graduate of Morgan County High School and was a gifted athlete, playing in all sports.

As the owner of B&G Tire, Dewayne earned the admiration and respect of his customers and employees alike. He built lasting relationships, not only through his service but also with his friendly personality. Dewayne’s dedication to his work and commitment to customer satisfaction allowed him to create a generational business that will be passed down to his son, Keaton.

Beyond his business, Dewayne found joy in cattle farming. His ownership of Keystone Farms in the Gandy’s Cove community brought him closer to nature and allowed him to indulge in his love for farming. Dewayne worked tirelessly to take care of the family farm with constant improvements over the years.

As an active member of Grace Point Baptist Church, Dewayne’s faith played a central role in his life. He found guidance and a sense of community within the walls of the church. Dewayne’s commitment to his faith was reflected in his kindness, compassion, and willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dewayne cherished his role as a husband and father. He was blessed with the love and companionship of his devoted wife, Carol, and together they shared an unbreakable bond. Their union was a testament to love, understanding, and unwavering support, creating a foundation of love and strength for their family.

Dewayne’s son, Keaton, was his pride and joy. He took every opportunity to instill values and morals in his son. Their shared experiences, whether in business or on the farm, created a strong bond between them.

Dewayne loved Keystone Farms, loved the outdoors and loved his dogs. He enjoyed deer hunting and good conversations. He was known to some affectionately as “Big D” because he lived and loved BIG and was always willing to help others. He was also a HUGE Alabama Fan.

Dewayne Bennich will be remembered as a man, whose kindness touched the lives of many. His work ethic, love for farming, and his faith will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him. While his absence leaves a void, his memory will forever be cherished, and his legacy will live on in the Hartselle community. Preceding him in death were his father: and a brother: Darrell Bennich.

Survivors are his wife: Carol Hicks Bennich, his son: Austin Keaton Bennich, his mother: Edith L. Bennich, mother-in-law: Martha Hicks, Brother: Dan Bennich (Christy), sister: Donna Rushen (Jim), sister-in-law: Susan Eddy (Charlie), nieces: Mary Kate Eddy, Emma Bennich and Lauren Rushen and nephews: Carson Eddy, Owen Bennich, Brandon, Brian and Jay Rushen.

Pallbearers will be Kip Childers, Charles Sanders, Carl Tucker, David Wood, Sammy Anders and K.J. Stinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Dewayne’s name to Key Cemetery, as a reflection of his giving nature and commitment to community welfare.

Peck Funeral Home

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