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Edgar L. Bonham, 92, Bradenton, Fla., passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2017, in Anderson.
He was born March 14, 1925, in Paxton, the son of Martin and Nettie (Terrell) Bonham.
As a combat World War II veteran, he served with the 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps in battles for Okinawa and Peleliu.
Returning from service, he wed his high school sweetheart, Agnes (McKinley) Bonham, to whom he was married 64 years until her death in 2010. As a loving and devoted husband, he cared for her until that day.
Mr. Bonham dedicated 30 years to Guide Corp. in Anderson until retiring to Bradenton, Fla., in 1983.
He is survived by his four girls, Judy Helms, Georgia, Linda (Don) Neal, Anderson, Kathy (Bill) Kirkpatrick, Florida, and Connie (Tony) Gwaltney, Anderson; seven grandchildren, Angie (Toby) Biles, Kelly (Rosa) Helms, Brent (Melinda) Neal, Christie Neal, Michael Smitherman, Ryan Gwaltney and Chris (Ashley) Gwaltney; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Martin Ray Bonham, Florida, June Snurpus, Arizona, and Gay Martino, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by his family for his joyful, teasing humor and for being a truly remarkable man.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers; sister; and son-in-law, Gary Helms.
He will be laid to rest with full military honors at Sarasota Florida National Cemetery.
Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service handled the local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer's Association.
Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com.
Published on August 10, 2017
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