On Jan. 9, 1931, an angel, Bonnie Lea Gilpin Davis was born in Jefferson City, Mo., to Edgar and Gertie Gilpin. She earned her wings and halo and departed this earth to join her husband, Layton Davis Sr., in heaven on Dec. 16, 2017, at Memory Lane at Legacy Heights, surrounded by her loving family. Bonnie was retired from Walmart and a member of CrossPointe Community Church in Van Buren where she taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Layton Davis; her brothers, Franky, Evert and Vernon Gilpin; and sisters, Alice Clayton, and Eva Schultz.
Bonnie is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Kay Reel and husband Ronnie of Russellville and Pam Bennett and husband Clay of Poteau; three sons, Stewart Sargent of Little Rock, Randy Davis and wife Claudia of Greenwood and Layton Davis and wife Tammy of Hackett; siblings, Dorothy Johnson, Delores Knapp and Glenn Gilpin; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Celebration of her life will be 10 a.m. Thursday at CrossPointe Church, 3304 Kibler Highway in Van Buren with burial to follow at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Harrison, Daron Harrison, Matt Bennett, Dennis Johnson, Alec Berry and Terry Watkins.
The family will visit with family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van Alma Funeral Home at 4100 Alma Highway in Van Buren.
To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.