West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Bennett Photo 4Johnny Ray Bennett was born the son of Johnny Washington and Nettie Elizabeth Hall Bennett in Alton, Missouri, on April 15, 1960, and departed this life at his home in Thayer, Missouri on Saturday (a hunting day) , February 25, 2017, at the age of 56 years.

He is survived by his son, Johnny Ray Bennett, II (J. R.) of Las Vegas, Nevada; his sister, Deloris Bennett of Thayer, Missouri; and three aunts, Murl Bennett of St Louis, Missouri, Ina Bennett Bostic of Thayer, Missouri, and Lessie Bennett of Carthage, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Nettie Bennett; his aunts and uncles; several cousins; and his best friend, David Gaines.

Johnny Ray never met a stranger and was known for his mastery of storytelling and entertaining anyone who would listen. He was a master craftsman who created many beautiful houses of art across the country. Johnny Ray loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. His beloved dogs were his furry children. He loved playing basketball and played in the independent basketball league well into his 40’s.

He was a member of the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church and had served as a Sunday school teacher. His knowledge of the Bible was extensive, and he believed that life was precious and that we should enjoy our time here on Earth.

Johnny Ray will be remembered for his good soul, his heart, his laughter, and his love of friends and family. He chose to live life on his own terms. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral services for Johnny Ray Bennett, age 56, of Thayer, will be held, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation toward funeral expenses or feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice.



  1. Denita R Flynn
    February 25, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

    Prayers going out to the family!!!

    Denita Poulette Flynn


  2. Beatrice Mitchell
    February 27, 2017 @ 10:37 am

    My condolences to the family at this time of loss. Losing someone you love is never easy.
    The Bible is a great source of encouragement at these difficult times. A comforting thought is found at Revelation 21:4 which says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more; neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” What a wonderful hope for the future when all causes of suffering, pain, old age, sickness, and even death are things of the past. Families can be
    reunited with ones they have lost. (John 5:28,29) Hold on to these promises along with all your happy memories and may they bring you comfort.


  3. Carlos and Bobbie Lester
    February 27, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

    Deloris so sorry to hear about your brother. Our prayers will be with you and his family.


  4. Cindi Poulson and Barbara Poulson
    February 27, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

    Prayers for all of the family. Johnny and I had a lot of fun growing up together and hunting with our dads! I have lots of very fond memories of him and I heard many stories from him! May you rest in peace my friend.


  5. Matthew & Sherry Miller
    February 28, 2017 @ 6:43 pm

    He will truly be missed!!


  6. Donna Lee Reed
    March 5, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

    Just heard the sad news today. Will keep you and your family, especially the puppies, in my prayers. Now you are with Sarah aka Bonnie Blue again. Rest well old neighbor.


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