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 Bonnie <I>Thornton</I> Russell

Bonnie Thornton Russell

Death 8 Dec 2010 (aged 63)
Burial Coalfield, Morgan County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 62710927 · View Source
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Bonnie Russell of Coalfield, daughter of the late Mae Walls Thornton and Wade Thornton, passed away on December 8, 2010. She was a lifetime member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Bonnie loved her community and the people who live there. She was employed in the Coalfield School for many years before her retirement.

She was known as Miss Bonnie to the many children she worked with over the years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her generosity to others unsurpassed; life, to Bonnie, was never about herself. She was constantly thinking about others, even during her illness. She was a caretaker throughout her life. Widowed at a young age, she became the caretaker of both her mother and grandmother. She was always happy with the simple life she lived. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, and her influence will live on in the hearts of many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Willis H. Russell, who was killed in action in World War II at the age of twenty-one; her brothers, Wade H. Thornton, Jr. and Carl Thornton; and a special nephew, Richard Thornton.

She is survived by a daughter, Melba McKeethan and her husband, Tim; two granddaughters, Janene Browder and her husband, John; Heather Burnett and her husband, Brian; three great-grandchildren, Laura Browder, Andrew Sullivan and Ethan Burnett; sister, Wilma Crowder; special sister-in-law and nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 11, 2010 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Coalfield. The funeral will follow in the church at 2:00 pm with Pastor James Foster officiating. Burial and graveside services will follow at the Estes Cemetery in Coalfield. Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at

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  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bonnie Thornton Russell (30 Dec 1946–8 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62710927, citing Estes Cemetery, Coalfield, Morgan County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .