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Tom "Tuck" Bonner, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1935
Corsicana
Navarro County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 2009
Freestone County
Texas, USA

Tom Bonner, Jr., youngest child of Tom Robinson Bonner and Annie Laura Willard, was born in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas on December 8, 1935. He was fourteen years younger than Hugh. He was given no middle name but is called Tuck by almost everyone who knows him. He grew up with nephews, nieces, and cousins very near his own age. His class in school contained a nephew, a niece, and several first cousins. After graduation from Fairfield High School in 1954, he briefly attended Sam Houston State College in Huntsville but found that academics weren't for him. He enjoyed ranching and used a TZ to brand his cattle. He joined the National Guard 36th Division and 49th Armored Division and trained in Arkansas, South Carolina, Louisiana, and at Fort Hood. Among his many talents is welding and he has a knack for both repair and for innovation. He served as a member of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years and as a reserve deputy sheriff for 8 years. He was a director of the First National Bank and, like his father, a member of the hospital board when the present hospital was constructed. Tuck's devotion and generosity to his family is legendary. He took care of Laura's ranching interests after Tom's death and continued to live with her. After she died, he purchased a home on Bateman Road from Sally and Warren Awalt and he and Aunt Sister (Florence Willard Childs) moved there. He continued to care for Aunt Sister until her death in 1993. Their relationship was more son/mother than nephew/aunt. On September 4, 1987, Tuck married Carol Marie Talley, daughter of Granville Floyce Talley and Alta Rae Cardwell. Tuck and Carol made their home in Fairfield for a short time and then purchased a home at 144 CR 1091 just west of highway 75 and south of 833. Their happiness and joy permeated their surroundings as they enjoyed traveling and being with family. Having amassed a great many historic implements and artifacts in his "forge" located on land at Stewards Mill; imagine his sorrow when the building and contents were destroyed by fire. Tuck is a past master of Fairfield Lodge No. 103, A.F.&A.M. and a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite, and Shrine. Like his forebears, Tuck ranches. He reminiscences about ranching: "I remember one time me and Hugh were down there [the Lake Place] trying to pen some [cows] and we were having a lot of trouble. I was cussing like a sailor at them cows, and when we finally got them in the trap, I looked out there in the road and there sat Dorothy and Elizabeth. I felt about ‘that' tall." He also talked about screw worms. "If it was screw worm time, we rode from sunup to sundown sometimes trying to find a baby calf you knew was there and couldn't find him. And if you didn't get there early in the morning, you might not see that calf. Eradicating screw worms was one of the best things that ever happened to this country." Carol's daughters,Pam and Kim, became Tuck's children. Tom Bonner, Jr. died 27 July 1909. 
 
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 Parents:
  Tom Robinson Bonner (1891 - 1961)
  Annie Laura Willard Bonner (1892 - 1981)
 
 Spouse:
  Carol Marie Talley Bonner (1942 - ____)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leslie Lee Bonner (1913 - 1981)*
  Annie Laura Bonner Wood (1914 - 2002)*
  Edd Robinson Bonner (1917 - 1986)*
  Billie Hugh Bonner (1921 - 2001)*
  Tom Bonner (1935 - 2009)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bonner Cemetery
Fairfield
Freestone County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Eric Wood
Originally Created by: Michael Edd Bonner
Record added: Aug 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41265046
Tom Tuck Bonner, Jr
Added by: Eric Wood
 
Tom Tuck Bonner, Jr
Added by: Michael Edd Bonner
 
Tom Tuck Bonner, Jr
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