Laura Payne Bonnette

Laura Payne Bonnette

Laura Payne Bonnette passed away peacefully at her home and birthplace on September 2, 2021 with her faithful daughter Patsy by her side. Laura’s godly journey ended just shy of her 100th birthday. A graveside service honoring Laura’s life of faith was held at New Hope Cemetery in Dodson, La. on Monday, September 6th 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverends Robert Leach, Jack Busby, Tim Harris, and Charles Wesley officiating.

Laura was predeceased by her parents I. B. “Buddy” Payne and mother Martha Young Payne. Laura’s husband of 58 years James Ashton Bonnette, her son Jimmy Glen Bonnette and son-in-law Bobby Sharp and dear friend Bob “Bob Day” Tucker. Laura is the last surviving member of 10 siblings, Avis Adrigan (Herman), Ollie Kelly (Clomer), Attrice McKaskle (Mac), Polly Rider (Jim), Laverne Simmons (Morris), Jack Payne (Ernestine), Lewis (Annie Mae), Sue Leach (Phillip), I.B. Payne (Peggy).

She is survived by her Daughter, Patsy Bonnette Sharp and grandchildren Gary Sharp (Lori), Greg Sharp (Rehnea) Laurie Bonnette, Angela McCullin (Mike), James “Beaux” Bonnette. Daughter-in-Law Sharron Bonnette. Great Grand Children Abbie Sharp, Katelyn Keowen, Malayne Sharp, Matthew Sharp and Fallon Sharp, Kayla Boots (Danny), Elizabeth Kearney (James) Colten McCullen; great-great grandchildren Braden, Brenton and Kolyns; and a host of nieces, nephews and special neighbor, Jeannie Stewart and many friends.

Laura was a woman of faith and read her bible and tirelessly prayed for her family and friends every day and twice on Sunday’s. A wonderful cook, she will be fondly remembered for her Pecan Pralines and Divinity as well as her weekly Sunday Lunch featuring her famous rump roast and gravy and turnip greens and hot water cornbread. This was a tradition that lasted many years. Laura lived in Ruston from 1947-2018 until returning to her home place in Dodson Louisiana. Laura worked at Morgan and Lindsey, Lewis & Co., Alexander Floor Covering and operated Laura’s Drapery and Gifts until her retirement. She was a member of the Ruston Church of the Nazerene and was treasurer for many years at the Hudson Holiness Camp Ground.

Honoring Laura as Pallbearers are: Gary Sharp, Greg Sharp, Matt Sharp, James Bonnette, Don Leach, Steve Payne. Honorary Pallbearers: J. D. Bradford, Richard “Dick” Baker. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Cross Point Church of the Nazerene, Ruston, La. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hudson Camp Ground 523 Jake Creel Rd, Dodson La. 71422, Cross Point Church P.O. Box 219, Ruston, La. 71273-0219.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers. Hand in Hand Hospice Dr. Mark Shelton, Chris Ketchum, Lisa Vines, Charlene Cloud, Magnolia Home Health & Deloris Davis. You were all a caring group.

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