Thomas League Bonday Sr.
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
2551 North Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA
WILLIAMSBURG - Born on the Fourth of July, 1933, Thomas L. Bonday, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on June 12, 2014 at the age of 80. A Newport News native, Tom graduated from Wofford College in 1956. He was the proud owner of Book 'n Card, Inc. and Hampton Roads News Co., Inc. until 2004, when he retired. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Rhonda, his father, John H. Bonday, his in-laws Sue and Russell Derring. Survivors include his three sons, Steve and wife Kim of Hatteras, NC, John Chris of Williamsburg, VA, Tom, Jr. and wife Trisha of Kitty Hawk, NC, daughter Karen B. Williamson of Williamsburg, Va., two grandchildren, Meliszabeth McGuire and J. Caelan Williamson, and a great grandson, Thomas Braiden Wright. He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth League Bonday, 104, three sisters, Margaret B. Powell and husband Edwin, Gwendolyn B. Howe, and Vicki Goodhart and husband Fred, sister-in-law Carole D. Cox and husband John, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Parklawn Mausoleum Chapel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at11am, with a gathering of family and friends in the Parklawn Funeral Home immediately following the service. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolences with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton, 23666.
Published by Daily Press from Jun. 15 to Jun. 17, 2014.
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Dearest Family, oh how I loved Book n' Card & Your Parents! Always a safe haven to retreat in a Storm.I begged Miss.Yolanda to allow me to work in this Divine Land of Knowledge. Recalling Mr. Bonday on a well known book cover of Sailing,so dashing and proudly displayed in All Book n' Cards. Mrs.Bonday gorgeous in everyway.Finally, to be a part of this Family Owned Enterprise was the Best! Because of Your Parents Faith in me,I met wonderfull Souls. My deepest sorrow in the passing of Your Father and the knowledge of Mrs.Bonday's passing prior,which was unknown till now. They left a Legacy of Love,Family and Strength. You all have these in abundance. May the Lord shine His face upon You each and give Comfort,Peace and Dreams of Your Parents in Heaven. Sue Hale Hayes and Howard
Sue Hale Hayes
June 26, 2014
Steve and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved father. My most heartfelt condolences go out to all of you! May he find peace in God's loving arms.
Kathy Saunders
June 23, 2014
To the family, Luke 20:38 assures us that your loved one is in God's memory. Please find comfort in that hope.
R. Jefferson
June 19, 2014
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
June 18, 2014
Karen and family,
Sorry for the loss of your dad. He will be greatly missed.
Maryann Conte
June 18, 2014
Awh, so sorry to hear the news, I remember Mr. Bonday from the old Neighborhood in Maxwell Garden's and also we use to get auto parts for some of the trucks back in the day at the Book-n-Card... He will be miss..
beth karnes
June 18, 2014
I have Many fond memories of your Dad and Mom. I remember the many late night card games downstairs at Nana and DJ's where our parents laughed together and we were spectators. I miss those times and I can only imagine just how lonely you all are now for your Father. Susan and I have you all in our prayers, God Bless,
Love Tom and Susan
Thomas Howe
June 18, 2014
My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.
Kim Smith Fitzpatrick
June 18, 2014
Steve, Karen, Chris and Tommy, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. I remember him so well from my childhood - all those nights I spent with Karen at your house, and the inventories we all used to do for the stores, we had fun even if your dad worked us hard! Your parents are smiling down on you now and will always be with you in your hearts.
Suzie (Nobles) Barnes
June 18, 2014
Tommy and Family,
We are all so sorry to hear this. We will always remember your father fondly. Keeping y'all in our thoughts and prayers.
Susan Pierce-Grantham
June 18, 2014
The entire Bonday family our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time . We are so sorry for your loss. MayTom rest in peace. pat and Joe [Pinellas Park Fl.)
June 17, 2014
Steve & Family, You are in my thoughts & prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Shelly Riggs
June 17, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have had all of you in my prayers for the days ahead.
Nancy Newbern
June 17, 2014
Steve, I am sorry to hear about the passing of you dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Bobbi Smith
June 17, 2014
Steve,Chris and baby boy Tommy. My dad, Phil Dowding and I, laughed and told stories about your dad all afternoon. He was a character and lived "LARGE". That generation has such funny stories! He will live on as we remember adorable smiling face.
Warmest Regards,
Anne Dowding Dobson
Wilmington, NC
Anne Dobson
June 17, 2014
Vickie: I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. May you remember all of the good times growing up and treasure those memories in the coming days. You and your family are in my prayers.

Joyce Williams Nettles (NNHS 1963)
Joyce Williams Nettles
June 17, 2014
So sorry to hear of the passing if your father. Our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron, Rachel and Blake Morris
June 17, 2014
Dear Vickie, Gwen & Margie
Tommy was such a thoughtful and gentle brother growing up in a house surrounded by sisters. I am sure each of you has special memories of your one-of-a-kind brother...may they bring you comfort and some smiles too. I hope to be able to attend Tommy's funeral and give each of you a hug. I love you.
Barbara Barnes
June 12, 2014
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