Bonner B. Weir, 77, of Charleston passed away on March 14, 2014 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on December 13, 1936 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Bonner and Vina Binkley Weir and grew up in Fort Smith. He was a 1955 graduate of Fort Smith High School and attended West-Ark Community College. Mr. Weir served his country in the U.S. Air Force National Guard and later as a member of the Selective Service Commission. He worked as Vice President and General Manager of Burt Steele Company for 47 years when he “retired” to play full time at farming and cattle ranching.
He married Cora Ann Haynes on May 8, 1959. They were known for still going out on dates and holding hands whenever they walked together. Their children’s friends knew them as parents who were “still married AND liked each other”. Together, they raised three daughters.
Bonner was a founding member of East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Charleston, where he was a deacon. He was also a member of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association. He was known for his kindness, generosity, and the Christian example he set for others.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Cora Ann and his three daughters, Anne Weir of Springfield, MO, Sara Weir Roland and her husband Mark of Greenbrier, AR, and Nancy Rhea and her husband Randy of Little Rock, AR. He is also survived by his beautiful granddaughter, Anna Roland who adored her PaPa and loved to go to the farm with him and two sisters, Mary Ann Floyd of Caulksville and Ruth Shields of Lawton, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonner and Vina Binkley Weir, and brother, James Weir.
Bonner also leaves behind a host of loved ones and friends who were so very special to him and made his life much richer because of their presence.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Shawn Miller, Dr. Tony Flippin, Connie Ward, APN and the staff of Dr. Flippin’s oncology practice as well as the staff of Mercy Fort Smith Infusion Center, Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hospice.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:30 at Smith Mortuary in Charleston with burial following at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Charleston.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Charleston AR or the donor’s choice.