Oct. 15, 1858 Bonnerville Freestone County Texas, USA
Nov. 29, 1934 Corsicana Navarro County Texas, USA
William Andrew "Willie" Bonner, son of Sue Bonner and Andrew Samuel Bonner, was born 15 October 1858 in Bonnerville, Freestone Co., TX. He was named for his mother's father and for his father. In 1876 we attended Erskine College in Dew West, SC. Worries about his widowed mother caused him to return home before the end of his first year. He then began his career of farming and livestock raising. After the death of his mother, he managed his sisters' agricultural interests and endeavored to support them for the remainder of his life. His nephew and nieces spent many summers and holidays in his home. He was well-known throughout the county and while somewhat cantankerous, was well-loved and respected by many. He died in Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX as the result of an automobile accidnt on 29 November 1934.
=================================================== Dallas Morning News , Dec 30 [1952 according to Bonner book pg 166, but was 1934].
"WELL KNOWN FREESTONE COUNTY MAN LOSES LIFE IN CAR ACCIDENT
W.A. Bonner, 74, of Stewards Mill, died at 8 o'clock Thursday night in the P. and S. Hospital at Corsicana as the result of injuries received in a car accident between Corsicana and Streetman early Thursday morning.
Others injured in the accident were Miss Hazel Bonner, 18, fractured nose; Weldon Bonner, 15, bruises and lacerations; Norman Betts, Negro, broken arm and fractured pelvis; Miss Vivian Bonner, in the car, escaped injury.
The party was on its way to Corsicana to take a train for Oklahoma to visit Mr. Bonner's sister, Mrs. John Thornton. A car had collided with a truck trailer, and when the Bonner car was approaching, occupants of the truck signaled them to stop in order to avoid another collision. It is said that the driver of the Bonner car thought the signal was a holdup, and accelerated his speed, and the crash resulted.
Funeral services were held at Stewards Mill Saturday by Reverend Walter Simpson, burial following in the Bonner burial ground, directed by Steward & Burleson.
Mr. Bonner had been a life long resident of the Stewards Mill section. He had never married, and is survived by a brother, J.O. Bonner of Mexia; two sisters, Mrs. J.C. Thornton of Norman, Okla., and Miss Martha Bonner, also of Norman. Mr. Bonner had many other relatives, and a host of friends.
Other parties injured in the accident are reported recovering."