Bennett, Louanne "Lou" Snellgrove (Rockwood)

  • Friday, June 2, 2023
Louanne Bennett
Louanne Bennett

Louanne (Lou) Snellgrove Bennett, 65, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2023, at her home in Rockwood, Tennessee.

Lou was born in South Bend, Indiana on March 12, 1958, the fifth daughter of John and Mary Snellgrove.

Lou graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1980. While matriculating at Notre Dame, Lou met her fellow student and future husband, Robert (Rob) T. Bennett of Spring City, Tennessee. Lou and Rob were married on July 10, 1982, in South Bend.

Lou worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for several accounting firms while Rob fulfilled his military service as an Air Force pilot. Upon completion of his duties in 1988, Lou and Rob moved to eastern Tennessee to assume ownership of Arrowhead Resort on Watts Bar Lake. After Rob’s death in 2012, Lou continued to own and operate Arrowhead Resort until 2022 when it was sold to members of the Clifford and Pranger families, relatives of Rob’s mother.

In addition to her proprietorship, Lou also worked as a CPA for Hines and Company, Knoxville, TN from 2014 until her death.

Lou is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Bennett and Alexandra Alvarez of Cortlandt Manor, NY, and their children, Camille Juliette and Robert Daniel. Lou is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kara Bennett and Austin Devin of Chicago, IL, and their son due in September.

Other survivors include her sisters and their spouses, Suzanne and David Nielsen; Joanne and Mark Schaeffer; and Marianne and Robert Whelchel. Lou is also survived by sister-in-law Vicki Bennett as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Lou was predeceased by husband Rob; her parents; her parents-in-law, Joan and Tom Bennett; and sister and brother-in-law Dianne and James Fitzpatrick.

Lou was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman, TN. She actively participated in the Music Ministry as a cantor and choir member.

Lou was also a long-time member of the Roane Choral Society. In addition to singing, Lou served the group as Business Manager and Treasurer.

Through her extensive network, multiplicity of talents and giving spirit, Lou created a positive impact for the people and communities of Rhea and Roane Counties. She will be missed by family and friends both here and beyond her adopted state of Tennessee. Her greatest gifts, though, were her unparalleled love for and support of her husband, Rob, her children and grandchildren.

Visitation for Lou will be held on Monday, June 12, 2023, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 535 Margrave Drive in Harriman, TN from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered for Lou starting at 10:45 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Roane Choral Society, P.O. Box 24, Kingston, TN 37763.

Vaughn Funeral Home of Spring City is in charge of the arrangements of Louanne (Lou) Snellgrove Bennett and asks that friends share condolences and memories of her with the family on our website www.vaughn-funeral-home.com.

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