Gary Phillip Bonner & Carol Elaine Bonner
Gary Phillip Bonner, age 84 & Carol Elaine (Parker) Bonner, age 81 of Maryville TN entered into Heaven Gates on April 8 (Carol) & April 9 (Gary), 2018 Gary & Carol had been married for 62 years. They were both members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church for 23 yrs. Gary is a retired United States Postal Service worker & a veteran of the United States Army. They are preceded in death by both Gary & Carols parents: Henry G. Bonner, Kathryn A. High Bonner, Richard J. Parker & V.Joyce (Watkins) Parker. In addition to their parents, they are preceded in death by Gerald W. Coughnenour (Nephew) Brother Richard D. Parker, Sister Sarah Babin, Brothers Richard Bonner & James Bonner. Survivors include: Carol's sister Betty Jean Coughenour & husband Donald Coughenour of KnoxvilleTN. Two sons Randall S. Bonner & wife Julie Bonner of Cleveland TN. Ronald W. Bonner & wife Dawn Bonner of Martinsburg WV. Two daughters Elaine K. Sneed & husband James Sneed of Manassas VA. Evon S. Roth of Sweetwater TN. Six grandchildren: Beth Mcquire & husband Matt, Josiah Roller, Kayla Bonner, Sierra Roth, Kameron Bonner & Cassie Bonner. They also have four great grandchildren: Matthew, Taylor, Judah & Noah Mcquire. Visitation will be held from 1:30pm.-3:00pm. followed by a Memorial service at 3:00pm. on April 14, 2018, at Sevier Heights Baptist Church Knoxville, TN. Private family burial at Sherwood Cemetery. Gary & Carol served the Lord faithfully as they loved and valued family, neighbors and others. They always put others first and were the most caring and loving parents and grandparents you'd find anywhere. Gary loved serving as a Sunday School teacher for 50 years and Carol served along side him as she loved coordinating care, prayer chains, and newsletters for the class. They shared Jesus everywhere they went. They were loved by all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sevier Heights Next Generation, 3232 Alcoa Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920
- Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
Gary Phillip Bonner & Carol Elaine Bonner
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April 24, 2018
I am 5 years old. We have moved to a new house. I am gathering up my play dishes, and baby dolls. I go outside to play. I find a place to set up my little make-believe house. I am by a lovely white snowball bush. That's what it looked like to me. I am beside a kitchen window. I look in and see my mommy. I can talk to her through the screen. I play, and continue to look in to see her again and again. I feel safe. I feel loved. I am 8 years old. It is my birthday. My mother wants to know what I want for my birthday supper. I say spaghetti. She makes me the most beautiful cake. She decorates it so pretty and lights the candles. The birthday song is sung, and my mother kisses me, and tells me she loves me. I feel safe. I feel loved. She is there with me throughout my life. Loving me, forgiving me, teaching me. I am 40 years old. I am having a very serious surgery. My mother takes care of my baby for me. My mother takes care of me. I feel safe. I feel loved. I am 58 years old. My mother, over all these years, was there taking care of me after more surgeries, through many heartaches. She was a constant. Always calling me, always praying for me. Always loving me, and my daughter. I feel a little scared now, but I will always feel her love around me. I will always remember what a precious and loving mother she was.
April 24, 2018
We are eating our evening supper. There will be no rushing to wash the dishes tonight. No hurry to get back outdoors for a neighborhood game of kickball. Tonight was a special night. It was family devotions night. After removing the dishes, or as we Pennsylvanian's say, "read" the table, we all get our bibles and return to the dining room. Our father prays, our father reads from his bible. He gently asks us questions, never belittling us, if we don't understand. He takes his time with us. He wants to make sure we know, and understand God loves us. He teaches us that the bible is God's Holy Word. That Jesus is the Son of God, and gave his life for us on the cross. He taught us this, because he knew it was truth, and he loved us so much, he wanted us to know this amazing truth too! Every aspect of my father's life, reflected his great love for his Saviour. He was a man who indeed, practiced what he preached.
April 23, 2018
Just left a Celebration of Life for two sweet and Godly people. Wow, the testimony of their lives is simply amazing. Pastor Holly Miller stated, imagine Carol is standing in front of Jesus and she asks where Gary is, and Jesus says he will be here in a minute. Two people taken only hours apart on this Earth. Leaving a gaping hole for their children and families. Yet, the stories shared are about a couple whose mission in life was to share Jesus. When I die, I want that to be my testimony!
Judy and John Czaja
April 15, 2018
As side-by-side neighbors in Martinsburg, West Virginia, we had the joy and privilege of becoming friends with Carol and Gary. Their love and devotion to their family and faith was unmistakable. Through the care and concern they showed us, and countless others, they revealed the depth of their Christian beliefs. The shock and pain we feel of their passing is a vivid reminder that this life we live is temporary.
Precious.....Carol used that word often to convey her joy and appreciation for someone. And now, it is only fitting to say, Carol and Gary Bonner were two precious people who will be greatly missed.
May God bless and comfort their family, and so many others, who were, indeed, fortunate to know them.
Lois Pierce (Houck)
April 13, 2018
My heart is broken. Carol and Gary touched my life in such a special way. Carol (or "Mommy Carol" as my daughter, Alison called her) kept my daughter when she was little. They loved her as much as I love her. I still use several recipes that Carol gave me. Gary had such a sense of humor. He always loved to teach Revelations. Now they are both experiencing the joy of being in Heaven with Jesus. They deeply loved their family, their friends, their church and most of all our Lord. My prayers are with their children and grandchildren. May they find comfort in their beautiful memories and just visualizing the smiles on their faces as they see Jesus.