Nora Thacker Bennette

On the morning of Thursday, 21 July 2022, Nora Bennette passed away at her residence in Newport News, Virginia. She was 96 years old.

Nora was the fourth daughter of John and Virgie Thacker of Mineral, Virginia and was a 1944 graduate
of Louisa High School. Following high school, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she was employed by a furniture manufacturing company that was making parachutes in support of the war effort.  It was during that period that she met and married the love of her life, James Bennette.  Although she considered her most important position to be that of Homemaker, she was also instrumental in founding the family business, Bennette Paint Manufacturing Company.

Nora was a faithful member of North Riverside Baptist Church, a loyal supporter of Gilboa Christian Church (Cuckoo, VA) and a long time resident at The Chesapeake Retirement Community in Newport News.

Nora was predeceased by her parents, her brother John, her sisters: Hibernia, Orene and Martha, as well as her husband. She is survived by her son, Jim and numerous nieces and nephews.

A public Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 28 July 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at The Chesapeake, 955 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation, or the Peninsula S.P.C.A.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA  23601.


  1. Gene Mazurek

    I meet Nora about 12years ago at a lunch group. Although not a resident of the Chesapeake. I enjoyed her sweet smile and her dry wit. When she spoke we would all stop to listen to her “pearl” of wisdom. Thank you for your memorial smile. Rest well with your Beloved.

  2. Keith Rowe

    Mrs Bennett was a kind and wonderful lady. She & Jim lived in my neighborhood and we attended the same church NRB. Jim was my SS teacher growing up and I remember their Christian values. She lived a good life and its a blessing and a honor to have known her. Knowing she is resting peacefully with God and Jim give me comfort.
    Keith Rowe

  3. Janet Lynn Lockstampfor

    Nora, My best friend & prayer warrior. I can not say how much you meant to me because there are not enough words. I’m so glad I got to see you a few weeks before. It was hard not to be with you as my life took me away. It is still hard to believe you are not close. We will meet again because He said we would. John 3:16-17, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. I know you are happy to be with Your Jim and many others. You are totally healed. I love you. Air hugs, until we meet again.
    In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.​ John 14:2​

    Jim & David, you are in my prayers.

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