William Autrey “Bill” Bonner passed away at Florence Hand Home in LaGrange, Georgia, on October 20, 2019. He was born on February 7, 1935, the only child of Clifford Roy Bonner and Ruby Dean Autrey Bonner.
Bill lived his entire life in the Valley area. He grew up and attended school in Lanett. He graduated from Lanett High School in 1954. In 1953, he married Ada Ruth Johnson. They were married for more than 66 years and had one son, Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Bonner.
Bill spent his entire working career with West Point Stevens. Most of that time was spent at the Transportation Center as a freight consolidator and dispatcher. He retired in 2000 with 47 years of service.
Bill was a member of Lanett Masonic Lodge #656 where he attained the 32nd degree. He enjoyed attending gospel singings and visiting with his friends at McDonalds. Bill also managed a local musical group “FOX” during the 1970s.
Bill was a member of Reed’s Chapel Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia, where he served as a Deacon.
Bill was predeceased by his parents and one half-sister, Juanita Bonner Evans.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Bonner; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Bonnie Bonner of Valley; two grandsons, Casey Wayne Bonner of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Adam Coleman Bonner of El Paso, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Ivelise Lorelai Bonner of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Lennox Jeremiah Bonner of Wurzburg, Germany.
Visitation will be held at the Johnson Brown Funeral Home in Valley from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 22nd. Graveside services will be at Shawmut Cemetery on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) with the Rev. Jeff McCartney officiating.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions to Reed’s Chapel Baptist Church or West Georgia Hospice will be appreciated.
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