Bennette T. Burks was a prominent merchant in Bentonville. Mr. Burks was born in Logan County at Barron, Kentucky in 1857, the son of A. L. and Sally Terry Burks. He came to Bentonville as a young man in 1885. He was married to Miss Ella Newton in 1904 and was married a second time to Miss Margaret Moody, on October 25, 1916.
Shortly after moving here, he went to work for Col. W. A. Terry, later becoming a partner in the Bentonville Mercantile Company. After a few years in the firm, he entered into a dry goods partnership with Mr. Terry under the name Terry & Burks. He retired from business for a few years, until September 1, 1907, at which time he went into the dry goods business with W. T. Dudley (his brother-in-law) and organized the firm Burk & Dudley (also known as the Cash Store.) At the time of his death, he was senior partner of the Bentonville Cash Store.
Mr. Burks was a member of the Christian Church. always active in the church, and an upright businessman. Mr. Burks passed away June 22, 1933, by complications from Bright’s disease. He is buried in the Bentonville Cemetery.