William Davis Bonner

January 31, 1924November 2, 2018

William Davis Bonner, son of the late Roy Bonner and Lila Bean-Woods, was born January 31, 1924, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He departed this life on Friday, November 2, 2018. William Bonner accepted Christ at an early age and attended May’s Chapel in Fayetteville before coming to Michigan. He attended school in Lincoln County, TN. In 1947, William married Annie Rosie Anderson in the city of Huntsville, Alabama, but resided in Fayetteville. To their union, 5 children were born. He moved to Albion in 1955, without his family, and secured a job at Albion Malleable (where he worked for 45 years). Shortly afterward he moved the entire family to Albion and three more children were added to the union. William and Annie Rosie divorced April 9, 1973. In the 1950’s, Mr. Bonner joined Leggett Chapel AME Zion church where he served faithfully on many boards, in the choir and as a trustee. He worked tirelessly, in any capacity, to help his church and community. Some of his favorite things to do were: singing, playing the guitar, working on cars and having leisure time at the park with friends. He leaves with cherished memories: Mae Lou Watson-Troutman of Kalamazoo, MI; Barbara Thompson of Battle Creek, MI; Larry (Carol) Bonner of Albion, MI; Gale Bonner of Albion, MI; Terry Bonner of Albion, MI; 14 grand children and a host of great-grands, nieces, nephews and relatives; a special god–son, Michael Clementin; and special friends, Howard Swinton and Joe Payne; special sister-in-laws, Charlie Bonner and Carrie Anderson. Preceeding him in death are his parents; two daughters, Yvonne and Yvette Bonner; one son, William Edward Bonner; one sister, Flossie Bonner; brothers/wives, John (Zola) Bonner; Charles (Jerry) Bonner; and Lawrence Bonner.


  • Family Hour Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018

William Davis Bonner

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Dina Bonner

November 7, 2018

To The Bonner Family,

At this difficult time, I pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind, but take comfort in knowing that Uncle William is now resting in peace, without pain or worry.
Love always,
Dina Bonner-Watkins