Mrs. Chelsie Bennett, 97, of Eastridge Branch, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2020 at her home.  She was the daughter of the late Lee and Scenie Prichard Partin born on August 23, 1923 in Knox County.

Chelsie married Walter “Bud” Bays on February 25, 1941 and to this union three children were born. Chelsie followed her husband, Walter, to Michigan after he left the Army in 1945 to find work.  She worked in several jobs until she found a job working for Burroughs Corporation.  Moving back to Knox County in 1967 after Walter became ill, she once again found herself looking for work.  After she received her GED at the age of 56, she worked for the Knox County Extension Office helping people to understand better food nutrition.  She entered the Knox County Fair many times and won many ribbons.  After the death of Walter, she married Albert Bennett, who also preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Little Poplar Creek Baptist Church, enjoyed quilting and growing flowers.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Bays; two sisters, Winnie Partin and Mossie and Manvel Haugen; seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Myrtle Partin, Jim and Radie Partin, Alva Partin, John and Mossie Partin, Fate and Edna Partin, Lee and Rose Partin and Floyd and Marie Partin and a brother-in-law, W. M. King.

Survivors include two children and their spouses, Jerry and Jeannie Bays of Eastridge Branch and Sam and Beth Bays of Knoxville, TN; three grandchildren, Donna Sandlin, David and Justin Bays; three great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Devon and Brianna Sandlin; a special friend, Bonnie Honeycutt; among other loved ones and dear friends.

A graveside service will be held in the Mays Cemetery Saturday, October 24 at 2 P.M. with Rev. Dewayne Killion officiating.

Casket bearers will be Jason Garland, Lonnie Honeycutt, Donnie Honeycutt and Rev. Dewayne Killion.  Honorary bearers will be the staff of the Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center, Knox County Health Department and Bluegrass Hospice Care.

Friends may call at the cemetery Saturday prior to the service time.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.

lease remember, during the continuing COVID-19 event, capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines will be followed during all services including the wearing of face coverings as mandated by the Governor of Kentucky for the safety of our families, guests and staff.

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