E. J., as he was well-known, was the son of the late Esther Lea Wilson Bonner and William R. “W. R.” Bonner. His brother, Bobby Bonner, and his stepson, Jimmy Chase, also preceded him in death.
He was the president of B & J Construction for many years. His projects included buildings for Lee University including the Conn Center, the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle, Bradley Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Wing, First Citizens Bank Building and major remodeling for Big Spring Baptist Church.
He was a member of the Cleveland Masonic Lodge No. 134 F&AM, Order of the Eastern Lodge No. 420 Ooltewah and the Alhambra Shrine Temple in Chattanooga where he was a member of the Bus Unit and for many years he provided transportation for crippled children and other children who had to go to the hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
In later years he drove a truck for Carl Keasler’s Company and he drove a bus for Malone Bus, where he would transport rafters to the Ocoee, a job he enjoyed!
He was a longtime member of the Big Spring Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and a great friend to many. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends!
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Bonner of Cleveland; his son, James Lesley Bonner and his wife, Violet; his seven grandchildren; his 14 great-grandchildren; his six great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Marian Curtis of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Friday, May 24, 2013, afternoon at 3 in the North Ocoee Chapel with the Rev. Joe Brooks officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Robert Gaylor, Gene Hysinger, Larry Godfrey, David Robinson, Ricky Bonner and Todd Bonner serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Spring Baptist Church, 1415 Hardwick Street Cleveland, Tennessee 37311. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes who has charge of the arrangements.
You may share condolences and your memories with the Bonner family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.