Everett Bennett was a community and business leader who played an integral part in making his native Forsyth County a hub for health care.
He also was a deacon and tireless volunteer whose name, if Forsyth’s state legislative delegation has its way, will grace one of the area’s busiest roads.
District 24 state Rep. Mark Hamilton recently introduced House Resolution 72, which seeks to name Hwy. 141 where it crosses Ga. 400, after the late Bennett.
“I’m very proud to offer this and sponsor this resolution,” said Hamilton, a Republican from Cumming. “The outpouring of support for the Bennett family has been tremendous.”
Hamilton said the cost of the dedication, about $1,500, would be paid for with private funds.
When he floated the measure to the five House members whose districts include parts of Forsyth, Hamilton said there was no hesitation to co-sponsor the legislation “because they understand what an important member of the community Everett’s been.”
“If you look back at everything he’s done for the community, he’s definitely one of those great pillars,” Hamilton said.
Bennett died March 2 at age 78. An Army veteran, he was successful businessman who chaired the board for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Forsyth County and LEADER, a local safe-driving organization for teens.
He also was a program advocate for the Forsyth County Certified Literacy Community.
In addition, Bennett was instrumental in converting the old Baptist Medical Center site into Northside Hospital-Forsyth and championed the ongoing expansion of health care services in the county through his role on the Northside Hospital Foundation Board.
Hamilton said the stretch of Hwy. 141 that he hopes to name the “William Everett Bennett Memorial Interchange” is an appropriate location because Bennett grew up in that area.
“It’s a very fitting interchange,” Hamilton said. “It’s a great way to honor his life and his endeavors.”
If the measure passes, Hamilton said he hopes the dedication ceremony can be held sometime this summer.