Wednesday, January 5, 2022


Janice Chapman Bennett, age 85 of Summerville, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Born in Demorest, Georgia on December 25, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Chapman and June Wiggins Chapman Hicks. Mrs. Bennett was a teller with Habersham Bank of Baldwin and retired with 20 years of service. She was an avid supporter of the Chattooga Cancer Support Group and loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Lathan Bennett; first husband, Willie Joe McGraw; step-father, Raymond Hicks; paternal grandparents, Oscar & Clara Wiggins; maternal grandparents, Will & Minnie Chapman.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy & Jeff Bennett and Terri & Ricky Jones all of Summerville; grandchildren and spouses, Beth & Casey Howard, Dustin & Jennifer Jones and B.J. & Ashley Hall; great grandchildren, Emma Howard, Ben Howard, Rylan Jones, Emery Jones and Mayson Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Max & Beverly Chapman of Terrell, Texas; nephews, Ray Chapman and Steven Chapman.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Yonah Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Umberhant officiating.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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