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Updated: 06/08/2014 08:00:01AM

Hernie M. Bennett

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Hernie M. Bennett, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.

She was born Dec. 21, 1928, to Lyndon and Vida Witter in Jamaica, West Indies.

Hernie was a member of Port Charlotte New Testament Church of God for many years. She was a retired registered nurse, where she worked for 24 years, at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., and also in Kingston, Jamaica, and London, England. Hernie was an exceptional mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie and friend, and will forever be missed by all who loved and knew her.

She is survived by her loving children, including her daughter, Ciana (Jerry) Clarke of Lake Wales, Fla.; and four sons, Eli (Joy) Bromfield and Avon (Arlene) Bennett, both of Port Charlotte, Milverton Bennett of Queens, N.Y., and Anurin Bennett of New York, N.Y.; along with her brothers and sisters, Clarice Bell and Iris Hyman, both of Jamaica, Daniel (Amy) Witter of London, Leyton (Pauline) Witter, Henry (Beryl) Witter and Hortense (Albert) Fray, all of Jamaica, and Sislyn (Hicks) Elliott of Port Charlotte; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Clarke of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Hernie was preceded in death by her husband, John Bennett; her son, Crosby Wayne Clarke; a sister, Glendora Hudson; and a brother, Artnel Simpson.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the funeral service at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at United Evangelical Missionary Outreach, 4200 Juniper St., Port Charlotte. Interment will be held at a later date in Jamaica. Friends may visit online at to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.

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