OBITUARY

Bonnie Joy (Daily) Heatherly

October 23, 1951April 26, 2021
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Bonnie Joy Daily Heatherly was born on October 23, 1951 to Virginia and Gresham Daily.

She was an only child who attended Cullman City Schools and graduated Cullman High School class of 1969. Bonnie completed her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics with the emphasis of Early Childhood Development at the University of Alabama. In 1972, Bonnie, along with a group of friends, established Share Club of Cullman, which continues to be an active, respected women’s service organization in our community. Bonnie began teaching public school in 1973 and completed a master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Bonnie married Michael Heatherly on March 12, 1977. Bonnie was 26 years old; her grandmother skipped down the aisle with bells on her shoes as a sign of relief that Bonnie narrowly escaped becoming an "old maid". Bonnie and Mike were leaders in their community, church, and schools. They have two sons, Brian (Heather, Ashlen, Brooks) and Benjamin (Loren, Magnolia, Emory Kate). Bonnie retired the first time from Vinemont Elementary School in 2001. She began teaching adjunct classes at Athens State University in 2004. Bonnie then left retirement and returned to full-time teaching as an assistant professor at Athens State in 2008. As a teacher of future teachers, Bonnie continued to pour into learners and shape lives for the betterment of mankind until retiring for a second time in 2017. Bonnie was talented in so many ways. She played the piano and sang beautifully, she was a fabulous writer, she was a mentor and friend to many. Perhaps her greatest gift was the ability to speak right to the heart of the person in front of her. Her love and interest in everyone she encountered left them feeling seen, heard, and valued. Bonnie was faithful to the people and things that she loved; her faithfulness to God, to her family, to the church, and to her many friends is to be admired and emulated. Her smile would light the room; her laugh would fill the room. Bonnie was spunky and witty. Where Bonnie was, fun was sure to follow. Bonnie sought the positive, she found good in everything. She gave of herself to any need she encountered. Like Jesus, she loved freely and gave grace abundantly. She spoke the truth steeped in love. Bonnie was fierce and strong. She was confident, competent, and capable; humility was her crown. She was not a complainer and never looked for a way out. Her life was an exhibition of selflessness. The Lord had planted Eternity in her heart. She was not one bit intimidated about death, Bonnie regarded life and was committed to filling all of her days on the earth, but she knew earth and all we see in it is temporary. Bonnie was welcomed home by our Lord and Savior on April 26, 2021. She is now wearing her crown, reunited with her husband, worshiping at the feet of Jesus. Public visitation will be held at Vinemont Baptist Church Thursday, April 29 from 4 to 7. A family graveside service will be held at Vinemont Baptist Cemetery Friday, April 30 at 2. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Share Club, c/o Shara Yerby, Treasurer, 22 County Road 1310, Vinemont, AL 35179 or to Vinemont Baptist Church, P.O. Box 835, Vinemont, AL 35179.

  • FAMILY

  • Brian Heatherly (Heather), Son
  • Benjamin Heatherly (Loren), Son
  • Ashlen and Brooks Heatherly (Brian's Family), Grandchildren
  • Magnolia and Emory Kate Heatherly (Ben's Family), Grandchildren
  • Michael Heatherly, Husband (deceased)
  • Gresham and Virginia Henderson Daily, Parents (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

Memories

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Delbert Freeman

May 1, 2021

Please be aware of our prayers and our thoughts during this time. If you need help in any way, please don't hesitate to call.
Delbert Freeman
Chaplain Cullman Regional

Teresa Suit

April 30, 2021

I worked with Bonnie at Athens State University. She was an extremely sweet lady and co-worker. She will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time of sorrow.

Sherry Alexander

April 29, 2021

Brian and Ben, hugs and prayer for peace and comfort. There are so many wonderful memories of our families, especially at church. The years spent singing and playing with Bonnie and Melba were truly joyful. We may not have been the best trio around but I guarantee we had the most fun. Bonnie and I had our Glory Song choir system down pat: if it was slow and sweet Bonnie played; it if was rocking and rhythmical I played. No doubt Bonnie is still making music in her Heavenly home.

Cookie Kimbrough

April 28, 2021

Class of ‘69 luncheon.

Cookie Kimbrough

April 28, 2021

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Thomas Frutiger

April 27, 2021

I will miss Bonnie. We built our friendship on this: "A friend is someone who knows everything about you there is to know, and still loves you." This friendship started in the 60's. It did not end 4-26-21. I will see Bonnie again.

Cookie Kimbrough

April 27, 2021

The CHS Class of 1969 mourns the lost of this gentle soul. We celebrate her life and rejoice in the fact that the grave never wins!

Denice Stisher-Howell

April 27, 2021

I met Bonnie almost 40 years ago. She always had the brightest smile, kindest heart and most beautiful laugh. Just being in her precense could lift your spirits. Sadly, we lost touch years ago when I moved away. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Betsy Gibson

April 27, 2021

Bonnie and I lived together before she met Mike and we shared many memories and fun times! I will truly miss her with her common sense SUGGESTIONS that always turned out to be exactly right. She and Mike had a wonderful bond that she passed on to her family. One of a kind Bonnie was and she will always be in my thoughts

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Biography

Bonnie Joy Daily Heatherly was born on October 23, 1951 to Virginia and Gresham Daily.

She was an only child who attended Cullman City Schools and graduated Cullman High School class of 1969. Bonnie completed her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics with the emphasis of Early Childhood Development at the University of Alabama.
In 1972, Bonnie, along with a group of friends, established Share Club of Cullman, which continues to be an active, respected women’s service organization in our community.
Bonnie began teaching public school in 1973 and completed a master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Bonnie married Michael Heatherly on March 12, 1977. Bonnie was 26 years old; her grandmother skipped down the aisle with bells on her shoes as a sign of relief that Bonnie narrowly escaped becoming an "old maid".
Bonnie and Mike were leaders in their community, church, and schools. They have two sons, Brian (Heather, Ashlen, Brooks) and Benjamin (Loren, Magnolia, Emory Kate).
Bonnie retired the first time from Vinemont Elementary School in 2001. She began teaching adjunct classes at Athens State University in 2004. Bonnie then left retirement and returned to full-time teaching as an assistant professor at Athens State in 2008. As a teacher of future teachers, Bonnie continued to pour into learners and shape lives for the betterment of mankind until retiring for a second time in 2017.
Bonnie was talented in so many ways. She played the piano and sang beautifully, she was a fabulous writer, she was a mentor and friend to many. Perhaps her greatest gift was the ability to speak right to the heart of the person in front of her. Her love and interest in everyone she encountered left them feeling seen, heard, and valued.
Bonnie was faithful to the people and things that she loved; her faithfulness to God, to her family, to the church, and to her many friends is to be admired and emulated.
Her smile would light the room; her laugh would fill the room.
Bonnie was spunky and witty. Where Bonnie was, fun was sure to follow.
Bonnie sought the positive, she found good in everything. She gave of herself to any need she encountered. Like Jesus, she loved freely and gave grace abundantly. She spoke the truth steeped in love.
Bonnie was fierce and strong. She was confident, competent, and capable; humility was her crown. She was not a complainer and never looked for a way out. Her life was an exhibition of selflessness.
The Lord had planted Eternity in her heart. She was not one bit intimidated about death, Bonnie regarded life and was committed to filling all of her days on the earth, but she knew earth and all we see in it is temporary.
Bonnie was welcomed home by our Lord and Savior on April 26, 2021. She is now wearing her crown, reunited with her husband, worshiping at the feet of Jesus.
Public visitation will be held at Vinemont Baptist Church Thursday, April 29 from 4 to 7. A family graveside service will be held at Vinemont Baptist Cemetery Friday, April 30 at 2.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to Share Club, c/o Shara Yerby, Treasurer, 22 County Road 1310, Vinemont, AL 35179 or to Vinemont Baptist Church, P.O. Box 835, Vinemont, AL 35179.