Sidney F. Bonnell, Jr., age 79, of Golconda, Illinois passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021, in Paducah, Kentucky. He was born on September 17, 1942, to Sidney and Ruth (Smith) Bonnell, Sr. in Rosiclare, IL.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1961-1964.
Sidney was Baptized at Brownfield Baptist Church and attended First Baptist Church of Golconda.
Sidney had worked construction, Union Operator, Truck Driver, Amax Coal Company, and farming.
He enjoyed gardening, growing blackberries, quail hunting, and farming. Sidney was a member of Golconda Masonic Lodge 131.
Sidney is survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Bonnell; six children, Tammy (Charles) Hacker, Laura (Terry) Blankenship, William (Laura) Potts, Jennifer (John) Whiting, Travis (Kala) Bonnell, and Whitney Bonnell (Luke Pickering); sixteen grandchildren, Caleb (Marissa) Blankenship, Carter Blankenship, Cale Blankenship, Hannah (Adam) Mason-Salinas, Billy Potts II, Sarah Mason, Erika Mason, Grace Potts, Ashton (Phillip) Palmer, Loren Whiting, Abby Whiting, Natalie Bonnell Andrew Bonnell, Harmony Bonnell, Issiah Pickering, Camden Pickering, and Cade Pickering; great-grandchild, Darcy Blankenship; and three siblings, Charles Bonnell, Carl (Lu) LaCrosse, Faith Carlson.
Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney F. Bonnell, Sr. and Dema Ruth (Smith) Elam; wife, Melba Jean (Spivey) Bonnell; one grandchild, Kaylynn Pickering; five siblings, Troy Bonnell, Robert Bonnell, Orena Bonnell-Leidch, Hope Brinegar, and Keith LaCrosse.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Aly Funeral Home Eddyville, IL. Bro. Hillis Jones will conduct the funeral service. The service will start with Masonic Rites. Burial will follow at Palestine Cemetery near Golconda. Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Post 9227, American Legion Post 719, ARMY National Guard Military Honors Team at the cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Saturday.
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