EJ Bennett, 36, of Danville, Virginia passed away Monday, September 11, 2023, at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He was born July 30, 1987, in Roanoke, Virginia, the son of Eddie Dwight Bennett, Sr. and Elizabeth Marie Ailstock.

EJ was a welder who traveled to different states like Texas, Tennessee, New York, and Arkansas for work. He graduated with honors from Danville Community College with a Welding Technology Diploma.

He was a loving son, brother, father, and husband. EJ loved spending time with his family; he especially loved going on new “adventures” with his three children and his wife, Danielle. His favorite “adventures” were camping at Carolina Beach and Lake Moomaw, and The Butterfly Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. He loved the outdoors and was passionate about fishing and hunting, especially on his Mama’s farm. EJ enjoyed gardening and planting flowers; his favorites were roses and hydrangeas.

He is survived by his father, Eddie Bennett of Marlinton, West Virginia; his mother, Elizabeth Ailstock of Natural Wells, Virginia; his wife, Danielle Nicole Bennett of Danville; children, Kiya Alexis Bennett age 13, Karisma Adalyn Bennett age 5, Kalvin Rhyker Bennett age 9 months; two brothers, David Allen Bennett and wife Amber of Brownsville, Texas, Christopher Lee Bennett of Oakwood, Virginia; three sisters, Arieanna McDorman of Natural Wells, Virginia, Cassandra Ervin and husband Bubba of Richwood, West Virginia, Victoria McDorman of Natural Wells, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Dwight Bennett in 2021, and Calvin Lloyd Bennett in 1996.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.


  1. Libby, I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  2. So much love being sent to you Danielle,the kids and all his family… I’m so very sorry

  3. There’s no words that will help you or the kids to stop missing EJ. I’m sorry is just not enough. Just know that I love you my beautiful niece and you and EJ’s babies. If you need to talk I’m hear, 276-759-5855.

  4. I consider myself blessed to have been a small part of EJs life. He was such a sweet person who loves his family beyond measure!! EJ will be missed by many!
    I can’t find the words to relay how truly sorry I am. I hope you find peace in knowing he’s reunited with loved ones and will unite with you all again! So many prayers for all that love him! I love y’all!

  5. Dearest Libby and the entire family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. EJ always had a friendly demeanor and a warm smile for everyone. He will truly be missed. May his sweet soul RIP.
    Sincerely, D.S.

  6. Libby, so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers

  7. Libby, I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. I know words can not lesson your grief. Just remember the good times and hold those close to your heart. May God bless you and your family and give you peace.


  8. Lord knows there’s no way, I will ever forget the memories and years spent with this family♡

    My heart hurts so bad for all of you guys in more ways than one..

    I never in a million years would have thought life would be like this for any of us looking back to the first time meeting EJ at street scene in Covington, Va that one sunny day..

    One things for sure EJ was a family man and without a doubt he loved his more than words ever can express.
    Doopie and their 3 children completed EJ and was without a doubt his whole world♡
    He definitely was his mommas child, humor and all♡ and almost a spitting image of his father..
    There was a time I heard, “my names Bennett and I’m not in it”, with his brothers a few times whether it was by gifting as many candy bars to Chris we could in kings mtn, or two with him n Mike the deer, dog, and case in bath county well.. sometimes three.. just like this one time in David’s car after EJ and David pulled the E brake in this gravel lot near mtn grove they let me try it well the phrase of course wasn’t gonna work for me when the whole wheel came flying off when I tried it…… I was harmon then.. and well, those Bennett boys got out laughing and walking and left me in it!!.
    And he was without a doubt his 3 sister’s protectors, no boyfriend stood a chance unless they went through him and lord did they make the best rock band in the living room growing up along with all the cats, dogs, and oh the opossums♡!!

    There was never a time I can remember he didn’t try to make a funny out of any serious situation as I’m almost sure, I remember several he’d be saying today on here if he could with his laugh and the distinct “yeah” after it..

    I know there’s some reason God takes all the good ones first. I just hope Calvin, Mike, you and Derrick are all up there having a big ol time together..

    I love you all with my whole heart and I can’t ever thank you all enough for all the memories you let me share with you guys. I am only a call away!♡ 304-667-6555
    Praying for love, peace, and some comfort to you all..


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