William Perry Bonar, 87, passed away on October 31, 2018 at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, North Carolina after a short illness. He was born on November 17, 1930 at the family farm in Murraysville, West Virginia to the late Nelson E. ll and Ada Mae (Polk) Bonar.
Bill was a 1948 graduate of Ravenswood High School where he proudly played football and was active in the FFA. He graduated from Mountain State Business College with a degree in Higher Accounting, and served four years in the U.S. Navy as an inflight navigations instructor for the P2V aircraft. He spent the next 30 years of his life working for E.I. DuPont as an instrument mechanic.
Bill was a lifelong democrat and proud of it. Some of the most memorable highlights of his life were serving on the Parkersburg city council as a councilman and as the vice president. He also attended two Democrat national conventions. He loved to travel and often mentioned that he had been to all 50 states and many other countries. He spent the last couple of years of his life in North Carolina with his youngest daughter Becky and son in law Webster, travelling, spending time at the beach, and relaxing.
He was predeeded in death by his loving wife of almost fifty years, Virginia (Jini) Grandon Bonar, his sister, Dorothy Davis, and two brothers, Nelson E. Bonar lll, and Robert Bonar.
Surviving are his three daughters, Karen Travis of Helena, Montana, Nancy (RC) Donohew of Shelby, North Carolina, and Becky (Webster) Struthers of Selma, North Carolina, four grandchildren, a great granddaughter, two brothers, Jack Bonar of Brandon Mississippi, and Don (Marty) Bonar of Granville, Ohio, and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Bill gave the gift of body donation to Campbell University Medical School.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.