Gary R. Bonner

Mr. Gary R. Bonner, 57, of Chesterfield, departed this life on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Retreat Hospice of Virginia.

Mr. Bonner was born Sept. 15, 1955, to Bertha Spriggs Bonner and the late Allen W. Bonner Sr. He attended Dinwiddie County Public Schools, and graduated from Dinwiddie High School in 1974. Soon after graduating, Gary secured a job at Phillip Morris USA in 1974, and retired after faithfully serving for over 31 years.

Although a native of Dinwiddie County, Mr. Bonner relocated to Chesterfield County, after marrying his loving and devoted wife, Janice Bonner in 1999. Together Gary and Janice experienced the joy of raising four loving children. He was a member of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries, Richmond, Bishop Daniel Robertson Jr., pastor.

He enjoyed landscaping and traveling with his family.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Allen W. Bonner Sr.; and sister, Jocelyn Bonner-Winfield.

He is survived by: wife, Janice Eppes Bonner; four children, Shawn Bonner, Marcus Bonner, Shaniqua Eppes, and Samaria Eppes; four grandchildren, Justin Bonner, DeShawn Jefferson, Heaven Jefferson, and Amir Wiley; a brother, Warren Bonner (Cheryl); a sister, Sheila Bonner; and a host of aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; cousins; and friends.

A celebration of life service for Mr. Gary R. Bonner will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 11119 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, the Rev. Kevin Northam, pastor, and Elder Calvin Jones, of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries, Richmond, eulogist. The interment to follow at Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Honorary and active pallbearers are asked to assemble at 1:30 p.m. at the church.

The family will assemble at 1 p.m. the day of the services and receive friends at 6913 Frontage Road, Petersburg, and may be contacted by calling 804-690-8851 or 804-732-4861.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Bonner at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from June 17 to June 20, 2013