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Bonnie Jean Holland Jones, 73

Bonnie Jean Holland Jones, age 73 of the Highland Road Community, in Macon County, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Funeral services for Bonnie Jean Holland Jones was conducted Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 1 p.m. from the Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Mike Carver and Elder Mike Reid officiating

 Matt Holland, Jon-Luke Holland, James Sewell, Jotham Jones, Casey Wright, Gerald Davenport, Michael Whitaker, and A.P. Perrigo served as hornary pallbearers. J.W. Holland, David Newberry, Johnny Lowhorn, Jason Drapper, David Jones, Don Jones, Danny Nash, and Bud Wright served as active pallbearers. Interment following in the Scott Cemetery.

  Bonnie Jean Stubblefield Holland Jones was born on August 25, 1935 to her parents, Arthur and Maggie Stubblefield of the Wartrace Community in Jackson County, TN. She grew up in Jackson County, where she attended the Wartrace School. In 1950, at age 15, she married Ray Holland of Lafayette, TN. Their union was blessed with two sons. The eldest child, Ricky Ray was born in 1955, and Michael Lyndon, the youngest was born in 1969. She was widowed at age 47, when her husband Ray passed away due to complications from cancer. In 1984, Bonnie became a grandmother to Hannah, daughter of Ricky and Cindy and again in 1987, to Matthew, son of Ricky and Cindy. In 1991, Michael and Martha had their only son Jon-Luke, the last of Bonnie’s biological grandchildren. In 1998, Bonnie remarried to Donald Jones of Lafayette, TN, who survives her. His children, Bonnie’s stepchildren, are David and Joy Jones, Don and Joyce Jones, and Bud and Susan Wright; her step-grandchildren are Jotham Jones, and Casey and Shannon Wright. Besides her first husband and parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by three brothers, Hester, Lester and Ophal Stubblefield, and one sister, Clovis. Her sisters, Fannie Minchey and Audrey Goad, and a brother Ridley Stubblefield, survive her.

   Bonnie lost her fight against cancer on November 4, 2008. She fought her illness with great tenacity, driven by her love of life and her family. But as the scriptures say in Hebrews 8:8 “it is appointed unto men once to die.” So, when the Lord called her name at that time He had appointed, she went to be at rest in heaven. Bonnie left a beautiful testimony of salvation; she met Jesus at Drapers’ Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church while a young women. Even in her last days on Earth, as other memories escaped her, she remembered to talk about the time and place when she was saved. Bonnie was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and even though she was unable to attend regularly in the last few years, she still loved her home church and was always eager to hear a report on Sunday services.

   Bonnie spent her life working to provide for herself and her family. She spent 32 years as an employee of the Formfit Rodgers Company of Lafayette, TN. After it closed, Bonnie completed the courses required to obtain her GED, and even attempted college at Vol State in Gallatin. In 1984, Bonnie and her daughter-in-law Cindy purchased the Frog Pond store and spent 8 wonderful years serving the Galen Community. Bonnie then began working in the Macon County School System as a cook, and the as a teachers aid at Enon School and Red Boiling Springs Elementary. Bonnie spent a few years as a true retiree, but her love for working and helping others drew her back to the workforce. Her last job was a homemaker aide for the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. Bonnie worked there until a chemotherapy overdose in 2006 prevented her to return to the job that she loved.

   Bonnie was a sweet, gentle and wonderful person. She loved her family and friends with a devotion that was pure, sweet and bondless. She loved to laugh and have a good time. Some of her favorite times were spent going to yard sales, playing games with her family, and working with the Macon County Historical Society. While her goodness can never be adequately summed with mere words, it goes without saying those who knew her were truly blessed.