Jay Bennett

Born: Tue., Nov. 29, 1960
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2021

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Feb. 17, 2021
Location: Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc.

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Jay Allen Bennett “Rhakeem”, 60 of Decatur GA and previously of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on February 6, 2021 in Georgia.

Born on November 29, 1960 in Poughkeepsie, NY he was the son of the late Eli Lewis and Mary Ann Bennett-Webb.  He was educated in the Poughkeepsie City School District and a 1996 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

He was employed by Turner Broadcasting (TBS) Atlanta GA, and owner and operator of Jumpin Beanz Inflatable Rentals which he started with his wife in 2007.  Rhakeem started his journey with Kelly Chambers in 1986.  They were married in 1992 in Poughkeepsie.  In 1997 they relocated to Decatur, GA.

  He was the neighbor that would mow the lawn at 7am on a Saturday while blasting Wu-Tang Clan through the garage speakers.  Music was always on in his house.  He was not afraid to sing at the top of his lungs or try to harmonize with his wife.  He didn’t always sound so good, but you couldn’t tell him that. He enjoyed vacationing and was always planning the next trip. He took great pride in his flower and vegetable gardens. 

He hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family and anyone that stopped by as soon as there was a crowd, karaoke would commence. He was a sports fanatic.  He rooted for any NY team and would challenge in a debate with anyone who disagreed. He loved fishing and playing candy crush. He was a great listener and even a better problem solver.

He was helpful around the house.  He didn’t mind doing the laundry and would happily vacuum if asked.  His favorite household chore was going grocery shopping.  He never met a BOGO he didn’t like. An acquaintance always became a friend. He was happy, kind, loved by many and will be missed. 

  Besides his wife, Kelly Chambers-Bennett he is survived by his children, Ashanta Bennett -Williams (Jazzmin) of Poughkeepsie, Precious Bennett Joshua of Poughkeepsie, Okia Powers of Decatur GA. His siblings Merritt Featherston of Poughkeepsie, Corey Webb (Jennifer) of New Paltz, Katisha Webb of Tampa FL. Kevin Webb of Poughkeepsie, Kanika Ruffin of Poughkeepsie,  Shari Plass (Jim) of Poughkeepsie and Marc Lewis (Renee) of Poughkeepsie 6 grandchildren Nazir, Ma’kiyah, Na’Riah, Zalif, Cartier and Empire.

2 great granddaughters, Melanie and Nallani, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved dog and hang out partner Miss Lulu Bennett.

  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepfather Clem Webb, sister Jan Bennett, brothers Evan Webb and Barry Lewis. A Memorial Service is Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11AM – 1PM at the Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc. 39 So Hamilton St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-1840. To send online condolences visit www.darrowfuneralhome.org




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Omeka Faulk
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Rakeem will surely be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I'm here whenever you need me.
Love you

Yolanda Lane (neighbor friend)
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Condolences to Kelly and family. I love you all. Roc you are truly home free and will be missed. Let there be music for you always because infinity is forever. Your loving neighbor and friend Yolanda Lane.

Jackie pittman
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
To my cousin Kelly and Family I am sorry for your loss. We have had some good times and memories together from New York to Georgia. Know that I am praying for you all.

Terry Maurer
   Posted Sun February 14, 2021
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband Kelly. He certainly sounds like a very special man..............

Nicol Johnson
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Hello Mrs. Bennett,

I Met you once at your house.
Me, Manuel, Justin and a host of friends, would like to Express our deepest sympathy to you and your family, at this time of bereavement.

Jay was our Friend and to some a brother or father figure, WHO we loved him dearly.

You stay strong Mrs. KELLY and stay family strong!


Keeley Carrick
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Kelly and family, I am and was so saddened to hear of Rhakeem's sudden passing. I cannot imagine the pain you feel and no words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

I love you! Keeley

Boston Dave
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Hi Kelly, my heart and soul have been tested again by God with the loss of Rak.
He and I spent probably 90 minutes talking just about a month ago. We wanted to plan a visit for sure and will have to make due with all the memories for now. I'm in touch with JR so maybe we can come see you soon. I wish you the best and blessings to you and all your families.

Joanie Barry
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Hello Mrs. Bennet and Family,
I wanted to express my condolences for your loss. I work at Turner and had seen Jay every day for the past several years. He was always so kind. We haven't been able to return to campus during this past several months of quarantine but I was looking forward to returning to normal and seeing the staff of the Market. I'm so sorry we won't be able to have him in our everyday lives. He will truly be missed. Please let me know if there is anything myself or my fellow coworkers at Turner can do to help.
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Joanie Barry

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