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Joe "Poppy" Bennich, Sr
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Birth: May 21, 1933
Morgan County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 2009
Morgan County
Alabama, USA

Polio struck Joe before the age of two, which he survived but was left with a severe limp, some would say crippled him. He worked the farm with his family, and as he grew he built up his upper body strength and was very strong. He eventually bought Shull Motor Co. now known as Hartselle Motor Co. He built a booming buisness.At one time Daddy owned Furniture building,lumber,resturant,and Carpet businesses. He worked hard all his life until Post Polio Syndrome struck him. It left him in a wheel chair and took his strength. He was a family man,Joe treated his wife of 53 years like a queen and he was her everything. They were made for each other.My brother and I always knew we were the most important in their lives, and when his grandchildren came along they were his joy.His sweetheart Jojo and buddy Zach. He adored his great grandsons Tyde and Noah. The last few years were very hard on him physically and mentally he had pain that most of us couldn't endure. On Nov.19th 2010 he said he was really sick but couldn't explain it, Hester was right by his side. During the early morning hours he got out of bed waved her to lay back down, she said I love you. Daddy took his life some time later. He was on ambien cr and still couldn't sleep we blame his state of mind on it. My precious Daddy is now standing in the Glory of God praising him! He can walk, even run if he wants. We will be together again because of Jesus. I love you Daddy, Daddy's girl
Funeral for Joe Bennich Sr., 76, of Decatur will be Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Smith officiating. Burial will be in Bishop Family Cemetery.
Mr. Bennich, who died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at his residence, was born May 21, 1933, in Morgan County to George Owen Bennich and Mary Lou Mayfield Bennich. He was the founder of Hartselle Motor Company.
Survivors include his wife, Hester French Bennich; one daughter, Anita Penn and husband, Tim, of Hartselle; one son, Joe Bennich Jr. and wife, Vanessa, of Somerville; grandchildren, Joanna Borden and husband, Chris, and Zachari Penn, both of Hartselle; great-grandchildren, Noah Penn and Tyde Borden, both of Hartselle; and brothers, Tom Bennich and wife, Edith, of Hartselle, Larry Bennich and wife, Linda, of Decatur, and Rex Bennich and wife, Karen, of Hartselle.
Pallbearers will be family and friends. Paid for by family, Paid for and
Published in the Decatur Daily on 11/21/2009

Daddy always saved for our yearly vacations, we went all over the US and Canada,Mexico. Mom wouldn't fly so we drove cars and motor homes, for two or three weeks at a time. Dad loved to travel.He was such a man's man, people respected him.I had guys hit on me and when they found out whose daughter I was, two actually backed up and ran to their cars!
When there were disasters in the area Daddy would go find his customers that might have had a home burned or destroyed in tornadoes and give them what they needed,he was such a kind man, well... tough but sweet in my eyes.

Suicide was not a choice he made, but rather a choice he happened onto when his pain was greater than his ability to cope

Daddy supported the Shriners, if you would like to donate go to

Many thanks to GeorgiaC for sponsoring my Daddy's memorial 
Family links: 
  George Owen Bennich (1913 - 1995)
  Mary Lou Mayfield Bennich (1912 - 1994)
  Joe Bennich (1958 - 2011)*
  Joe Bennich (1933 - 2009)
  George Thomas Bennich (1935 - 2016)*
  Sammy Ray Bennich (1949 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Bishop Cemetery
Morgan County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Anita Bennich Penn
Originally Created by: SFC Frank Irons Sr. Reti...
Record added: Nov 21, 2009
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Joe Poppy Bennich, Sr
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Joe Poppy Bennich, Sr
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Joe Poppy Bennich, Sr
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