Lifelong county resident Bonnie Aday died September 14, 2013 at the age of 95. She was born in the community of Una, Arkansas March 31, 1918. She was the third child of Ola Clayton Bell and Clark Andersen Bell, who operated the Una post office.
Married in 1934 to Dillard Aday, a teacher, she earned teaching certification and joined him at the one-room school at Chimes. They improvised a divider for the classroom, with Bonnie instructing the younger childen while Dillard taught the older ones. They subsequently taught at Formosa and South Side before moving to Clinton in 1948, where Mrs. Aday taught first, and then third grades, until 1961. During that time she earned a master’s degree from Arkansas State Teacher’s College (now UCA).
The Aday's established seasonal residence in 1962 at Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Nation reservation, where Mrs. Aday was principal of the elementary school. They returned each summer to Clinton, resuming permanent residence in 1974 at their farm on Old Highway 9. She taught at Alread and was principal of Shirley Elementary School until she retired.
Over the course of her long career as an educator, she introduced hundreds of children to the world of learning, and mentored numerous teachers under supervision.
Following the death of her husband, she began a second career as one of Wal-Mart’s first employees at Clinton, where she was known as “Wal-Mart Bonnie,” the jovial “people greeter,”
Mrs. Aday is survived by her daughter, Twila Coffey (Michael) of Prescott, AZ; and son Gary Aday (Karen) of Little Rock, AR; her eldest child, Jehree Bone (Gayle), is deceased, her five grandchildren are Michelle Bone Glover, Michael Bone, Lindsay Aday Carruth, Callie Aday and Danny Aday, she has four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Roy Dean Dempsey, Allen Aday, Danny Aday, Mike Bone, Chip Ellis, and Billy Rhoades.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00pm Monday, September 16, 2013 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel Clinton, Arkansas.
Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at First Baptist Church Clinton where she was a long-time member, with Reverend Gayle Bone officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Cemetery alongside her husband.
Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com