Bonford Reed Talbert II
Bonford (Bon) Reed Talbert, 83, formerly of Tiffin, Ohio, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on April 3rd, 2013. Bon was born July 28th 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio on his father's birthday, and was raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan before moving to Tiffin. He achieved Eagle rank as a Boy Scout and was a multi-sports athlete at Tiffin Columbian High School. Graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1951, Bon was commissioned as an Air Force officer during the Korean War and served in Japan. He graduated from the Ohio State University School of Law with a Jurist Doctorate and was admitted to the Ohio Bar.
In 1964 Bon was appointed by the Governor of Ohio as a Municipal Court Judge in Tiffin and was subsequently reelected to several terms. Bon attained great distinction as a judge, achieving national recognition as an advocate for impaired driving legislation. In 1973 Bon was elected as President of the Ohio Municipal Judges Association, and then was later elected as Vice President of the American Association of States Court Judges.
Bon married the love of his life Beverly (Bev) on March 18, 1967 and they cherished each other for 46 years. Amazingly in 1968, their son Bonford R. Talbert (Chip) III was born on July 28th like Bon and his dad. Ever so kind and loving, Bon adopted Beverly's son Keven as his own in 1969 since she had been previously widowed.
A life-long Detroit Tigers and Lions sports fan, Bon also loved Ohio State football and playing golf. More importantly, Bon was a strong Christian and active member of the Lutheran Church. Bon was also very active in various Masonic Orders, having served as leader of the Zenobia Shrine, Knights of the York Cross of Honor Priory and the Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, and Master of Tiffin Lodge #77. He served on the Board of Directors for the Tiffin Salvation Army and was active in the American Legion, Rotary, Kiwanis and Elks in Tiffin as well as Republican politics at all levels.
Bon continued to practice law in Ohio until 2000, and then studied and passed the South Carolina Bar at age 70 to assist many individuals in Myrtle Beach. Beverly and Bon resided in the Tidewater Community, and he fully supported Bev's artistic and historical pursuits. Surviving family members include the two boys, Bonford R. Talbert III (Catherine) of Pembroke Pines, Florida and Keven B. Talbert (Diana) of Jacksonville, Florida. There are six grandchildren Kathlyn Mai Adlaon (Patrick), Brad, Greg, Alisa, Kaylee, and Dylan) and two great-grandchildren (Sean and Kian)
Visitation will be at the Lee Funeral Home, 11840 Hwy. 90 in Little River on Sunday evening, April 7th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral service will be at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 805 11th Ave. North in North Myrtle Beach on Monday morning, April 8th at 11:00 a.m.
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Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of North Myrtle Beach/Little River is serving the family.
Published in The Sun News on Apr. 5, 2013