‘He was always interactive and he had the best heart of anybody’: Lee Co. teachers speak on Bennett’s Jones life

Lee County teachers speaks on Bennett's life

LEESBURG, Ga. (WALB) - Bennett Jones, an 8-year-old heart transplant recipient, has passed away.

With a heavy heart we want to let our LCPS family know that Bennett has passed away. We covet your thoughts during this time. ❤️

Posted by Lee County Primary School on Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Bennett underwent heart transplant surgery at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital in July.

Bennett was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis before he was born.

His mother told WALB after the surgery that Bennett did not have any complications from it.

My heart hurts for Bennett’s loved ones, teachers, and classmates. Praying for everyone his life touched!

Posted by Emileigh Forrester WALB on Thursday, 5 September 2019

Everyone, please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers today. This news has broken my heart.

Posted by Bobby Poitevint WALB on Thursday, 5 September 2019

A total of $31,000 was raised for Bennett’s family.

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Lee County Primary School will honor Bennett’s memory on Friday.

The school has asked students and staff to wear red or “Team Bennett” shirts for a school-wide photo.

Lee County Primary School teachers are remembering Bennett Jones after he passed away. Bennett successfully underwent a heart transplant back in July.

“I’ve known Bennett since he was little. He was more than a student because I’ve known him since he was little,”Bennett’s second grade teacher Amy Williams said.

Bennett Jones teachers at Lee County Primary School recalled their fondest memories of him.

“Bennett was adorable, Bennett was always happy. He was a fun loving kid who loved to dance and he had great dance moves. We will always be grateful to have been a part of,” Keri Phillips said.

“He was always interactive and he had the best heart of anybody,” Lindsay Grant who was Bennett’s first grade teacher.

Early this morning, the school shared with the community that Bennett had passed away after recovering from a heart transplant surgery that happened in July.

“I knew last night that this morning probably wouldn’t be good news. This morning when I got the text, my heart just broke in half because I knew one thing that I would have to come to school today and put on a happy face for a lot of children that didn’t hear the bad news,” Grant said.

Bennett was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis before he was born.

“I’ve watched him grow up and I’ve watched him get stronger,” Williams said.

His teachers say he enjoyed school and his friends even more.

“He was very weak and after about a week, it got to where I was able to convince him to ride in the wheelchair. And so we pushed him around school in a wheelchair so that he could stay longer and be with his friends,” Williams told us.

Bennett’s teachers also say the youngster taught the whole school meaningful lessons.

“Bennett taught our friends compassion. They always wanted to help. Sometimes he didn’t want their help but most of the time, he was willing to love them like he loved them,” Tish Wiggins.

“I’m going to remember Bennett’s stories. He was talking about being in St. Louis and some of the people he had met some of the other families. He was talking about a mom that wore her hair on top of her head like a Cinnabon,” Wiggins.

The school and the community is send their thoughts and prayers to the Bennett family in this time of need.

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