Richard Lee Bonnett, 86, of Weston, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at his home following an extended illness.
Richard was born in Lewis County on November 20, 1930, the son of the late Argyl and Hila (Fisher) Bonnett.
On January 6, 1960 he married Mary Lou Lebo, who survives. He was preceded in death by all his siblings, Robert L. Bonnett, twin sisters, Katherine and husband Roy Stoneking, Virginia and husband John Vermillion, Charles W. Bonnett and Dale Bonnett.
Mr. Bonnett is survived by five children: Pressley Hale Sherrard and wife Sharon of Windermere, FL, Anna Margaret Sherrard Janis and husband Carl of Nokomis, FL, Stephen Patrick Sherrard of Weston, Barbara Bonnett Sherrell and husband Mike of Weston and Janet Bonnett Hutchinson and husband Jeff of Acme, PA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Eric Sherrard and wife Sarah, Ryan Sherrard, Savanna Sherrard, Nick Sherrell, Haley Hutchinson, Alyssa Hutchinson and Andrew Janis and four great grandchildren, April, Wesley, Zachary and Aaron Sherrard , sister-in-law, Anna May Bonnett of Belmont, OH and several nieces and nephews.
Richard graduated from Weston High School in 1950 where he was active in sports and band receiving awards including: All State Football with college scholarships in both.
He served in the US Army and Army Reserves being honorably discharged in 1961.
He was retired from the Lewis County Board of Education as a school bus driver with 50 years of service.
Richard also served as County Commissioner for 13 years where he was instrumental in getting Watershed Dams, working with the Public Service District for supplying water throughout the county, and meeting with Senator Byrd to get funding for the Lewis County Senior Center.
Richard was also a lifelong farmer winning the Farming for Better Living Award in 1969 and the Southern States Broiler Champion award for poultry in 1957.
He served on numerous boards and committees including Head Start, WV Community Action, Region VII, School Personnel Association, WV Farm Bureau, Economic Development Authority, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Building Committee, Board of Health for Lewis County Health Department, and West Fork Conservation District. Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston where he served as a past deacon.
Family and friends erereceived at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.
Interment followed services in the Middle Run Cemetery in Lewis County. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Richard may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Richard Lee Bonnett.