Mr. Albert Edward Bonney, 90, of Beech Bluff, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday morning, October 1, 2013 in Jackson, Tennessee following a brief illness. He was born in Norfolk County, Virginia, on December 23, 1922. Mr. Bonney and his family relocated to Jacksonville and started school in 1929 at the Murray Hill Grammar School then on to John Gorrie Junior High prior to the family moving to Lake City in 1935. Following graduation in 1940 from Columbia High School, Mr. Bonney attended Georgia Tech. at night while working in Atlanta for the railroad. In 1943 at Camp Blanding, Florida, Mr. Bonney joined the U.S. Army. He served for three years and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Bonney was the last living veteran of the W.W. II 46th Coast Artillery Head Quarter Battery of the 1st Armored Division. Following his distinguished service in the military he attended and graduated from Coyne Electronics in Chicago, Illinois. In 1947 he married the love of his life here in Lake City, Mrs. Eva Bunting Bonney who preceded him in death in November of 2006. In 1954 they moved to Jacksonville, Florida and again relocated their family in 1973 to Stone Mountain, Georgia. Following their retirement they settled in beautiful Beech Bluff, Tennessee. At the young age of seven he was baptized in the Murray Hill Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida and then when he was in his 30's he was again baptized into the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville by the late Dr. Homer Lindsey and remained a faithful Baptist until his passing. Mr. Bonney had many hobbies some of which were flying, genealogy, wood working, metal working & turning, photography, tinkering with electronics large scale model railroads and stained glass windows. Mr. Bonney was an accomplished pipe organ builder and player and installed pipe organs in churches. In fact, he had become the third owner of a pipe organ originally played in the Episcopal Church, Asheville, North Carolina, completely disassembling and reassembling it in his own home.
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Mr. Bonney is survived by his daughter, Helen Eva Bonney York of Jackson, Tennessee; his granddaughter, Alison York Pollock and her husband Steve of Jackson, Tennessee; a grandson, Christopher Shannon York of Washington, D.C.; and grandson, Jon York and his wife, Felicia of Jackson, Tennessee. Five great-grandchildren, Becca Pollock, Jacob Pollock, Elizabeth Pollock, Keegan York and Jon Christian York also survive.
Graveside funeral services with Military Honors for Mr. Bonney will be conducted at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday, October 6, 2013 with Rev. Norman Lodge officiating assisted by Mr. Bonney's grandson, Jon York who will deliver the eulogy. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:30 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home. The procession will leave the funeral home at 2:30 proceeding to Memorial Cemetery for the services and interment. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025 752-1234 Please share your thoughts and wishes for the family at our on-line family guestbook at parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com
Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home
458 S Marion Ave. Lake City, FL 32025
Published in Lake City Reporter on Oct. 4, 2013