Forsyth County native and noted philanthropist Everett Bennett died Friday night following a brief illness.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Johns Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Self officiating. Visitation is set for 5 to 8 p.m. today at McDonald and Son Funeral Home.
A successful businessman, Bennett and his brother, Larry, founded Bennett Brothers Printing Company, now Bennett Graphics, in 1968. The Tucker-based company continues to be a family business, run by Bennett's son and son-in-law.
But Bennett was perhaps best known for his leadership and community involvement. Most notably, he was instrumental in Georgia Baptist Medical Center acquiring the site that would become home to Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
Bennett was on the board of Literacy Forsyth and a deacon emeritus at Johns Creek Baptist Church. A 36-year Rotarian, he was also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek.
He helped start LEADER, the Lanier Extended Area Driver Education Resource, a program that helps prepare teenagers for the road.
Bennett and his wife, Teresa, were also longtime supporters of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Forsyth.
In 2010, the couple was presented with the 2010 Charles F. Welch Citizenship Award by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.