This article appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.
February 28, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sherman
Julie Ellis Starr and Dr. Rebecca Bryant hosted a reception for Norman Bennett at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sherman. Bennett, long a Sherman teacher and one of the stalwarts of the Sherman Community Players, is moving to West Texas to be closer to family. Starr, Bryant, and members of the Sherman High School Classes of 1966 and several others were on hand to say good-bye to their long-time friend and mentor. “Many of us remember his ability to kindle our desire to learn. We laughed and learned a lot during the days at Sherman High School with Norman,” Julie Ellis Starr said.
It was a case of the guest of honor entertaining the hosts, when Bennett regaled his friends with stories from his teaching days at SHS, answered questions about his life and touched on his experiences acting in motion pictures, including three Oscar winners.
Dr. Rebecca Bryant said of Bennett, “He has given so much to the community and to all of us, and we just wanted to give something back to him, to let him know how much he means to all of us.”