Nilaouise Carnes Bonner

December 11, 1918October 31, 2018

Nilaouise Carnes Bonner, 99, formerly of Greenville, SC, and late of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Born in Horton, Alabama on December 11, 1918, she was the daughter of Beulah and James Carnes, and grew up in Boaz, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Nilaouise was a former teacher. She was very active in her church as Sunday School teacher and class president and was active in various community organizations as well as the Furman University Campus Club. Nilaouise was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Francis Wesley Bonner; sister, Clara Maddox; and brother, Ray Carnes. She is survived by her son, Frank Bonner (Flossie) of Shelby; daughter, Beth Taylor (David) of Charlotte; grandchildren: Alison Bonner Dalton (Kevin), Florence Bonner Crawford (Brent), Lauren Taylor Vance (Mike), Ryan Taylor (Sharone), and Scott Taylor (Natalie); nine great-grandchildren; and great-niece, Beverly Calvert (Mike). The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scott Furney, the Levine & Dickson Hospice House, and to friends and staff at MerryWood on Park, Charlotte. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 24, 2018, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, with visitation beginning one hour prior. A private burial was held in Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Francis W. Bonner Scholarship, Furman University Office of Development, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613; or the Black-Bonner Scholarship, Gardner-Webb University, PO Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017. Arrangements by Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, Greenville, SC, 864-232-6706. Sign online guestbook at


  • Francis Wesley Bonner, Husband
  • Frank Bonner, Son
  • Flossie Bonner, Daughter-in-law
  • Beth Taylor, Daughter
  • David Taylor, Son-in-law
  • Alison Bonner Dalton, Granddaughter
  • Florence Bonner Crawford, Granddaughter
  • Lauren Taylor Vance, Granddaughter
  • Ryan Taylor, Grandson
  • Scott Taylor, Grandson
  • Nine (9), Great-grandchildren
  • Beverly Calvert, Great-niece


  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 24, 2018

Nilaouise Carnes Bonner

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Herb and Lila Tyler

November 7, 2018

We were saddened today to read that your Mom had passed away. We both had very close relationships with Dr. Frank in Furman classrooms during the early 50's. (Great teacher!!!!). Imagine our excitement when we moved back to Greenville and realized that we were neighbors. We enjoyed seeing and visiting with both of them. As his health began to fail it was our pleasure to get to know her and what a lovely, caring lady she was. As we assisted her from time to time she was always appreciative.
Lila and I agree that she is one individual that we would like to emulate as we grow older. We still missed her when she moved to Charlotte and we will continue to do so. Our memories of her (and Him) will live on as two very special, loving and caring individuals. Her memory will live on as one of our very special friends and as a role model for us to model our
lives as we continue relationships with the many special friends that we enjoy here in Greenville. Please share our greetings and sympathy with Flossie, Frank, and all of the Bonner clan. Herb Tyler

Deborah Felts

November 6, 2018

Beth, my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. What a beautiful lady! I know you will miss her dearly.