Bonnie Stone McNew passed away at her home in Conway, AR, on November 6. Born November 17, 1933, in Nashville, Arkansas, to the late James Orville and Pauline Reese Stone, she is survived by her husband, Dr. Ben B. McNew; one daughter, Bonnie McNew Brenkert of Monument, Colorado, and one son, William Michael McNew of Little Rock.
Other survivors include four grandchildren; Beth Brenkert, Rand Brenkert, Jon David Campbell, and Mallory Campbell; three siblings, Betty Callicott, Erma Holt, and James O. Stone, Jr.; two sons-in-law, Eric R. Brenkert and Douglas A. Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen McNew Campbell, and by her brother, Charles E. Stone.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with Bro. Jim Bob Baker.and Bro. James W. Goodwin officiating. Interment will follow at McNew Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was a graduate of Nashville High School, attended Harding University, Little Rock University, and The University of Texas at Austin. She received both bachelorís and masterís degrees in English from the University of Mississippi. She was a beloved teacher to many students in many places. Her teaching career included appointments in Oxford, Mississippi, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and English tutorial work in Conway. Her business career included work for First National Bank of Nashville, Arkansas, Continental National Bank of Fort Worth, Texas, and Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in both Little Rock, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and did volunteer work for the University Church of Christ in Conway until health problems forced her to step down. Before her move to Conway, she attended churches of Christ in Nashville, Searcy, Fort Worth, Little Rock, Austin, Oxford, and Murfreesboro. She enjoyed children, and her happy disposition strengthened her as a Sunday School teacher, high-school cheerleader, Regina Social Club member, Harding Chorus member, and teacher of English as a Second Language.
She was an excellent seamstress. Her needlework ranged from regular clothes for her family to evening gowns for her daughters, draperies and upholstered sofas for her home, and clothes for such items as Barbie dolls and small-scale figures. These cloth articles, done with great attention to detail, still bring joy and wonder to her children and grandchildren. Her legacy of love and faith in Christ will live on in the hearts of her family.
For memorials, a charity of choice, University Church of Christ (3155 Dave Ward Drive, Conway, AR 72034), Arkansas Hospice, or McNew Cemetery (86 McNew Cemetery Road, Greenbrier, AR 72058) are suggested. Pallbearers will be Raymond Bush, Larry Halsey, Doyle Jolly, Fred McNew, Shelby Sawrie, Royce Shumate, and Denny Smith.