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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of the death of Reverend Bennie Frank Bonner, Sr.,
 4    of East Saint Louis, Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Bennie Bonner was born in East  Saint  Louis  on
 6    December  25,  1933; his parents were John and Mattie Bonner;
 7    Bennie Bonner grew up in East Saint Louis and was educated in
 8    School District 189; and

 9        WHEREAS, Bennie Bonner united with  Mt.  Zion  Missionary
10    Baptist  Church  at  an early age under Reverend B. Haney; he
11    participated in the junior choir  and  other  church  related
12    activities;  he was ordained into the ministry under Reverend
13    A.L. Gee, Pastor of the Southern Mission  Missionary  Baptist
14    Church;  he  later  became an associate pastor under Reverend
15    Jerome Jackson, Sr.; and

16        WHEREAS, Bennie Bonner was one of the first black drivers
17    to be hired by the  Bi-State  Development  Agency;  he  later
18    organized and managed a pest control business; and

19        WHEREAS,  Bennie  Bonner  served as a Republican precinct
20    committeeman for several years; he is remembered as outgoing,
21    friendly, and actively involved in  community  and  political
22    activities; and

23        WHEREAS,  Bennie  Bonner  is  survived by his wife, Allie
24    Mae; his devoted companion, Peggy  Riley  Bonner;  his  sons,
25    Cedric,  Bennie  Jr. (Cheryl), Sebastian (Carolyn), Terrance,
26    and Leander; his  daughter,  Alencia  (James)  Aghayere;  his
27    step-daughter,  Michelle  (Fred)  Dell;  his  sisters, Mattie
28    Dupree, Ernestine Cotton, Susie (David) Hawkins,  and  Martha
29    Austin;  his  brother-in-law,  Calvin Wicks; his brother, Dr.
30    Richard (Carolyn)  Bonner;  his  eleven  grandchildren;  many
31    nieces and nephews; his cousins; and many other relatives and
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 1    friends; therefore, be it

 3    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
 4    his  family  and  friends, the death of Bennie Bonner of East
 5    Saint Louis, Illinois; may they find peace in  this  time  of
 6    loss; and be it further

 7        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 8    presented to the family of  Bennie  Bonner,  along  with  our
 9    sincere regards.

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