Bonnie Rye

April 29, 1946June 16, 2021

EASTOVER - Bonnie Lanigan Rye, 75, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021. She was born in Columbia to the late Colie and Margie Lanigan, and was married for 54 years to the late James Rye. She was a librarian at Timmerman School and worked hard to make sure the kids loved reading. She enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, puzzles, and traveling - as long as she did not have to get on an airplane!

Surviving: son, Travis Rye; granddaughter, Danielle Rye; sister, Elsie Graham (Tommy); sisters-in-law, Carolyn Klear, Wilma and Faye Lanigan, and Jane Rye; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; husband; brothers, Pete, Walter “Bookie” and Dan Lanigan; sister, JoAnn Lanigan Lucas.

There will be a private family service.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, is assisting the family.

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Lynda Barwick Penland

June 28, 2021

Travis, I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a special lady and always so kind. She will always have a special place in all of the Barwick's hearts.

Bill and Dotty Barwick
Doris, Rae, Lynda, Johnny, Robert and Brenda Barwick

Gail Golden-Brazell

June 18, 2021

There’s no one particular memory I have of Bonnie. We were first cousins and as children, we saw each other a lot. We enjoyed family reunions the most. We had a big family, so there were a lot of kids playing, swimming, boat rides and delicious food. We all had the best time. As adults, we lost each other’s company and I hate that the most. I think of my cousins a lot and would love to have another family reunion. I’m so sorry for Bonnie’s death and will keep thoughts of her and the family close in my heart. I love them all.

Judy Wilson JudyMcGee

June 17, 2021

Look at that smile on your face. I know that you are in heaven with your precious husband James and your momma and daddy and your sisters and brothers that went before you. I know that you will be missed by your
son Travis and family and your sweet sister Elsie Graham all your nieces and nephews that loves you so much... And yes your cousins are going to miss you too but I know that one day we will all be together again until then 💕 this is not goodbye but just see on the other side cuz.

Bunnie Lovett

June 17, 2021

There are so many memories of Bonnie over the years in my life that there isn’t one but several thousand that will always remain in my heart . She was so full of life and happiness and always had a smile for you and open arms. My memories go back to the middle school years with Uncle Pete and al the family gatherings. Never once did you not feel welcome in Bonnie’s home and she had plenty of hugs to go around. May she Rest In Peace as she has been suffering with the confusion and devastating dementia that robbed her of her memory. Bonnie girlfriend you will always be missed and loved by everyone you ever met. Fly high with the angels. Love you always.