Lois Genell Bennett was born on December 12, 1942 at home on “The Sunny South Farm” just south of Rusk, Texas to Jefferson Kearby Bennett & Maggie Hawto Terry Bennett, the youngest of four siblings. She passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021 after battling cancer for 2 ½ years, and more recently complications with her heart.
Genell attended schools in Lufkin, Jacksonville, and Houston during grades 1 – 8, then moved to Alto, Texas for high school and graduated as salutatorian of her class in 1961. She went on to graduate from Abilene Christian University (then Abilene Christian College) in 1965 and added her masters from Tarleton State University in 1976.
After college Genell taught junior high and high school math classes for 35 years until her retirement in 1999 from Rusk, Texas ISD. Through the years, she taught in San Antonio, New Caney, Gustine, Godly, Bangs, and Rusk.
While teaching in Gustine, Texas Genell met and married Billy Ray Stuteville. She loved him dearly and after her retirement they moved back to Gustine to be near his parents. She served for a number of years as city secretary of Gustine while living there. Genell & Billy Ray never had children of their own, so after his death in 2012 she moved to Fairfield, Texas where she was closer to her nieces and nephews. Genell had 9 direct nieces and nephews, but claimed over 100 as she counted both her and Billy Ray’s plus their children, grandchildren, and their spouses plus any that were added by marriage, adoption, or other means. She kept up with all birthdays and anniversaries by sending greeting cards to not only all of them, but many other relatives and friends as well.
During her adult life, not only was she a teacher of math in public schools, but also a Bible teacher. Wherever she lived, she was active in the local congregation of the church of Christ and taught Bible classes. She also was active in sending and administering Bible correspondence courses worldwide.
Genell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her siblings and their spouses, Milton & Cleo Bennett, Ruby & Carlis King, and Virginia & G.L. King, and nephews Franklin Bennett and Cleaon Wright.
She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by nieces & nephews Gerald (Judy) Bennett of Houston, Texas, Carolyn (Johnny) Jenkins of Fairfield, Texas, Betty Wright of Conroe, Texas, Bobbie (Ray) Orsack of Rusk, Texas, Dwayne (Cassie) King of Alto, Texas, Harold (Margarita) Bennett of Corpus Christi, Texas, Donald (Jill) Bennett of Houston, Texas, and Danny King of Lake Dallas, Texas, and a sister-in-law Fannie Bennett of Greensboro, North Carolina and her children Ava Scott and Freddie Jordan.