The Rev. E.O. "Del" Bonnette, age 82, of Clarkesville, Ga., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
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The Rev. Bonnette was born on Jan. 17, 1930, in Aiken, S.C., a son of the late Cohen and Annie Bonnette. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Leon, Blanchard, Raymond and Wallace Bonnette and his sisters, Nadine Wall and Edna Riley.
The Rev. Bonnette was a retired employee of North Georgia Technical College with 17 years of service. He was a minister of the Gospel and pastored numerous Baptist churches for 30-plus years. The Rev. Bonnette was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia Knight Bonnette, Clarkesville, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Eulanne Bonnette Lyle and Ed Lyle, Hollywood, Ga.; daughter, Freida Bonnette Alexander, Clarkesville, Ga.; sons, Joel Bonnette and fiancée, Tammy Johnson, Dahlonega, Ga., and Jon Bonnette, Douglasville, Ga.; sister, Vivian Selfridge, Aiken, S.C.; grandchildren, Brooke Arroliga and her spouse, Juan Carlos, Ryan Bonnette and his spouse, Gabby, Victoria Bidez and her spouse, Reynolds, Jessica Bonnette, Jordan Lyle, Judith Lyle, Andy Alexander and Allyson Hicks and her spouse, Justin; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. James Harvey officiating. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
The body will be placed in the church to lie in state at 3:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, Ga.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Bonnette family may do so by visiting www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, Ga.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on June 4, 2012