Bonnie Swain Smith was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Biloxi, Miss. in her family’s home. Bonnie was blessed to be in a close-knit family who always showed their love for one another. In growing up she developed an easy-going manner and never met a stranger. She instilled in her children and grandchildren high morals and the importance of integrity, honesty and the value of family.
A mother and homemaker, Bonnie was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Over the years she prepared many meals for those who were unable to care for themselves. Bonnie had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Point Chapel Assembly of God Church where she loved her late pastor, Richard Bolt and his wife, Nancy and formed many lasting friendships. She married her husband, Ed Swain in 1951 in Mississippi; together they had four children. The family moved to Dubberly in the 1960’s where they enjoyed the simple life. After 36 years of marriage, Bonnie lost her husband, Ed. Through friends and family connections she met Darrell Smith and they later married. Darrell and Bonnie enjoyed 25 years of marriage.
After 81 years of a remarkably healthy life, Bonnie was diagnosed with cancer. Through the last year she has carried herself with grace and dignity while teaching all of us the value of life.
Bonnie lost her courageous battle on the morning of Nov. 4, 2014. May her caring and loving manner be forever written on the hearts of those whose lives were touched by her.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her first husband, Ed Swain; grandchildren, Brandon McKenzie, Craig Davidea and Deanna Bailey; brothers, Q.L. Jasper, C.E. Jasper and T.W. Jasper; sisters, Voncile Lewis and Carolyn Mooreman.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell Smith; children, Edwardene and (Sterlin) Johnson, Cathy and (Jack) Stephens, Eddy and (Becky) Swain, Renae’ and (Ricky) Burrell and Bryan and (Amy) Swain; and stepson, Wayne Smith.
She was Mawmaw to Elizabeth Bailey, Casey Corley, Kelli and Jeremy Wood, Holli and Travis Ross, Kyle and Jennifer Swain, Dustin McKenzie, and Brooke and Jesse Smith, Jodi and Brandon Reeves and Savannah and Shelby Swain. Great-grandchildren are Savannah, Destiny, Cameron, Haley, Christian, Blake, Allie, Abby, Bryce, Broox, Lexi, Livi, Kynzie, Cade and Carter. She had numerous step-grands and greats. Her sisters are Pat Stevison and Betty Hickman.
The family would like to express our sincerest gratitude to nurse and family friend, B.J. Pike, Dr. Chad Hargon, Vicki Robinson, Karen Hollinshead and a very special angel.
Pallbearers will be Casey Corley, Kyle Swain, Dustin McKenzie, Travis Ross, Jeremy Wood and Jesse Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are Melvin Long, Bill Striplin, Pierce Nicholson, Dale Shaw, Wayne Smith and Mark Kevin Vice.
Services for Bonnie Swain Smith, 82, of Dubberly, will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Services will be officiated by nephew, the Rev. Rodney Coleman and family friend, the Rev. Frank DeLoach. Graveside services will be at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.