Don Garland Bonner, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Mr. Bonner was born June 16, 1924, the son of Ira and Lena Carr Bonner. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Roscoe, Forrest, Paul, Stanley, Charles, Coy, Gerald and his sister Naomi.
On June 23, l947, at Red House, Md., Don was married to the former Catherine Louise Bright, who preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 2006, after more than 59 years of marriage.
Don and Louise had two daughters, Patricia Ann Bonner Wisniewski and husband, Lenny, of Raleigh, N.C., and Donna Louise Bonner Teagarden and husband, Kenneth, of Parsons.
"Pop" as he was affectionately known to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, is survived by his three grandchildren, Krisdee and husband, Casino Casey, Port Hope, Canada, Ryan and wife, Tate Summerfield, Elkins, and Kim and husband, Tim Carr, Parsons.
Also surviving are seven great grandchildren, Aasta Jones of Ga., Cayden Casey of Ky., Tanner Casey, Canada, Hannah Summerfield of Elkins, and Logan, Isaac and Rachel Carr of Parsons.
After graduating from Parsons High School, Mr. Bonner served in the United States Army with the 975th Field Artillery Battalion. Don was in the Rhineland Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign.
His military decorations and citations were European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Ribbon. He was a Cannoneer, Light Artillery. Don was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946.
Following his discharge from the Army, Don was employed at the former Lambert's Chevrolet Company. He was a mechanic for many years and later served as a parts manager.
After his retirement, Don was employed as a delivery driver for Kidwell's Auto Parts. He loved meeting people while delivering parts to many areas of Tucker County. Many of the people he met on his route became cherished friends.
Don was a member of the Hendricks Free Methodist Church for over 45 years. He was a Sunday school teacher, class leader and superintendent. He was known by the church as brother Don.
Visitation will be held at Summerfield Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Hendricks Free Methodist Church at 1 p.m. The Rev. Harley DeLeurere will officiate and interment will follow at Parsons City Cemetery.