Mrs. Bonnie Kay Hathcock Stilwell

April 15, 1947December 3, 2010

Dateline: Monroe, NC

Mrs. Bonnie Kay Hathcock Stilwell, age 63 passed away Friday December 3, 2010 in Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte, NC. Bonnie was born April 15, 1947 in Stanly County, NC, a daughter of the late Mr. Reece Burrin Hathcock and the late Mrs. Grace Melinda Hinson Hathcock. Bonnie graduated from UNCG and began her career as a school teacher. She later pursued a career as a Health Inspector for Union County where she retired after many years of dedicated service as the Supervisor of Food and Lodging of Environmental Services. In addition to this, she worked her way up to “Manager” of the beauty product company Jafara. Following her retirement, Bonnie continued her commitment to serving our Lord and community by always helping others in need. Her sister states “there was never a time she came to Bonnie’s home when she did not have a meal or cake prepared to take to someone in need.” Bonnie married Mitchel Stilwell in May of 1980, a man she loved with all heart, joining their two children in one loving family. These children gave Bonnie and Mitchel five grandchildren. Bonnie played a major part in these children’s lives and cherished every moment. In addition to serving the Lord and community by helping those in need, Bonnie was an active member of Sardis Baptist Church. She was the teacher of the “Joy” Sunday school class and served the church for 28 years. It goes without saying she is loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. This Christmas season will be hard on those left behind but as her dear friend said “imagine her joy in being able to celebrate the greatest birthday party ever, that of Jesus Christ.” Bonnie is survived by her husband: Mitchel Stilwell of the home; one daughter: Michelle S. Helms and husband Jay of Monroe, NC; one son: Dennis J. Black of Petersburg, VA; two sisters: Marlene Fesperman and husband Ervin of Locust, NC, Deloris Rummage and husband Boyce of Concord, NC; one brother: Boyd Hathcock and wife Sue of Concord, NC; five grandchildren: D.J. Black, Trystan Helms, Amanda H. Benton, Amber H. Munson, and Nathan Burgess; also (two) great-grandchildren. The family of Mrs. Stilwell will receive friends and relatives for visitation Wednesday December 8, 2010 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe. Funeral services for Mrs. Stilwell will be 2:00 PM Thursday December 9, 2010 in the Sardis Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ken Hucks and Rev. Chris Baucom, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to Sardis Baptist Church, 3602 Unionville Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Stilwell.


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Michelle Helms

April 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Love and Miss You So Much!

Debbie Stegall

December 10, 2010

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Linda Thomas

December 10, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family. I didn't know Bonnie but I have heard so many wonderful things about her. I know she will be terribly missed by all that knew her.

Greg Walters

December 10, 2010

Dear Stilwell family...We love you and are so blessed with the impact Bonnie made in our lives. Mitchell, thank you for being the quiet pillar of faith and strength. Psalms 116:15 ..PRECIOUS in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Trystan Helms

December 10, 2010

I miss you, Nanna!

Sheila Sikes

December 9, 2010

It was a blessing to have known her and enjoy her beautiful smile. My sincere sympathy to all of her family.

Libby Ruth

December 8, 2010

Bonnie and I served on the advisory board of the State Employees' Union together. She was a wonderful, special person who always had a smile and a positive attitude. Her strong faith was evident. She will be missed. Special prayers to her family.

Gary Potter

December 8, 2010

I am profoundly sorry to learn of the death of Bonnie, for who I had the greatest admiration and regard.

My deepest sympathy to the entire family

Larry Thompson

December 8, 2010

Bonnie was a very special lady and I count myself privileged to have had the opportunity to know and work with her. She will be truly missed but I am sure that there is a celebration taking place in heaven right now...

Kim Mecimore

December 8, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bonnie through the field of public health and always enjoyed speaking with her at professional meetings. She was always very sweet and stylish. I don't remember everyone I meet but I never forgot Bonnie. She was a very pleasant person.