Downtown building transitions
from grocery store to church,
now funeral home
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Lincoln native Christopher
Bennett is returning to his hometown for new opportunities and a
chance to start a new business. He and his wife, Lesleigh, who is
originally from Herrin, are the proud new owners of Bennett Funeral
Home, located at 620 Pulaski St.
The building has been financed by Logan
County Bank and was purchased from Kingdom Life Ministries on Nov.
10. Kingdom Life Ministries has since moved to the APAC building,
located at 2500 Woodlawn Road, for a larger facility.
Most Lincolnites remember the Pulaski
Street building being home to the Red Fox grocery store several
years ago. The Bennetts have hired Webster Construction, painter
Michael Simonson and architect J.H. Petty out of Springfield to turn
this building into a spacious funeral home and its property into a
60-car parking lot. The Bennetts will reside in the back part of the
building, which is being completely renovated for their living
The renovation plans include several
fresh changes that will help provide homelike comforts and easy
access to the building. A carport for funeral processions will be
attached to the building and will hold about six cars. A family
lounge with a kitchen area will provide the capability to form all
guest lines inside the building.
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Together, the Bennetts have over 11
years experience working in the funeral home business. During those
years they have also compiled an extensive list of educational
attainments, scholarships, certifications and memberships.
In addition to his experience as a
funeral home director, Christopher is a veteran of the U.S. Marine
Corps and Reserves. He was a combat engineer and received an
honorable discharge after serving from 1992 to 1999.
plan to be open for business by the early part of February 2004.