A wake service will be held from 6:00-7:00 P.M., Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc., 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Colonel Felton Cemetery, Broad Street, Marshallville, Georgia. The Reverend Victor Johnson, Pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates to limit the number of attendees at all services at this time. We are limiting the number of attendees to no more than 10 at the funeral home chapel services and graveside services. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and Friday, June 5, 2020.
Robert Lee Bonner Sr. was born April 25, 1945 to the late John Henry Barner and the late Reatha Mae Preston Barner. He was preceded in death by five siblings, J. D. Barner, George Barner, Morris Barner, Juanita Ellison, and Emma McGhee.
He was a 1966 graduate of the historic D. F. Douglass High School. He attended Fort Valley State College for two years before enlisting into the United States Army in 1974. During his tenure in the military he was the recipient of several medals and ribbons. He was honorably discharged with a rank of E-4 at Fort Myers, Virginia in 1978. He was also honored to serve as an honor guard to the Unknown Soldier Tomb of Arlington, Virginia. After being discharged from the Army he was employed at Warner Robins Air Force Base where he was employed with the Federal Service Defense Logistic Agency Defense Distribution Depot as a distribution and receiving clerk. After twenty one years of service, he was the recipient of Federal Service Award (Government of the U.S.A.) for twenty-one years of loyal service presented August 1, 2000. He was also given the Appreciation Certificate for the loyalty of service to his country and the Disabled American Veteran Award.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where he supported every facet of the church he loved so well.
He had a tremendous voice and he was a led singer with the Fantastic Gospel Sons of Montezuma, Georgia and the Hebrew Gospel Singers of Marshallville, Georgia.
He was united in holy matrimony to Mary Alice Paster and to this union they were blessed with two children. He was blessed to be the father of six children.
Robert will always be remembered for his bright smile, humble spirit, the love for his wife, children and grandchildren.
Survivors are a beloved wife of thirty nine years, Mary Alice Bonner, Marshallville, Georgia; six children and their spouses, Latonya Ages (Terry), Ft. Valley, Georgia, Joyce Jackson (Robert), Providence, Rhode Island, Robert Bonner, Jr, Atlanta, Georgia, Karlita Bonner, Perry, Georgia, Gary Colbert (Amanda), Warner Robins, Georgia and Victor Bonner (Maquita) Montezuma, Georgia; fifteen grandchildren; four sisters, Willie Pearl Preston (Willilam) Ft. Valley, Georgia, Pearlie Mae Burke, Montezuma, Georgia and Reatha Preston, Marshallville, Georgia, Annie Postell, Ft. Valley, Georgia; one brother, Charles Smith, Marshallville, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary C. Harris, Marshallville, Georgia, Ernestine McGhee, Ft. Valley, Georgia, Oscar Paster (Jessie Mae), Marshallville, Georgia, Betty Ferguson, Akron, Ohio and Betty Harris Paster, Marshallville, Georgia; one uncle, Otis Harris, Marshallville, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, others relatives and friends.
Special Thanks to Carlton Brown, Warner Robins, Georgia, Kenny Ross, Marshallville, Georgia, Central Georgia Cancer Care, Warner Robins, Georgia, Hospice Care Option of Warner Robins, and other health care facilities.