Bonnie Lee King

Born on March 29, 1950 in Burlington, North Carolina
Departed on July 19, 2020 in Melbourne, Florida

Bonnie Lee King, age 70 passed peacefully Sunday July 19, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Beloved sister, aunt and friend. Bonnie is survived by sisters Maria Byrd, Gloria King-Ryals, brother-in-law Wade Ryals. Other surviving family members are; nephews Darrin Kent Pierce, Albert Byrd (Rachel), Richard Collin King (sons Ryan, Nathan), niece Mary Nicole Rich (Adam and children Cameron, Casey). Bonnie also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Predeceased by Parents: Richard Arnold King, Sr. and Doris James King, brother Richard Arnold King, Jr. and brother-in-law Raymond Jefferson Byrd.
Bonnie was born in Burlington, NC on March 29, 1950. The family moved to Merritt Island in the mid-fifties. Attending school from 2nd grade at Merritt Island Elementary (MILA), Edgewood Jr. High, graduating from Merritt Island High with the Class of 1968. Collage years at Brevard Community College (Eastern Florida State) and Florida State University.
After college, married Mike Lee, an Air Force Pilot, which presented the opportunity to live and travel in numerous places throughout the United States and other countries.
Bonnie was very artistic, with great visual skills that guided her to an early career choice of Interior Design. Later she found her true calling to be a Kindergarten, First grade school teacher. She loved the children as if they were her own.
At a very early age Bonnie dedicated her life to God. During the years of living on Merritt Island, she was a member of the First Baptist Church. Bonnie enjoyed visiting numerous Churches and denominations. As her health declined, she found comfort in listening to Church services on the radio or internet.
By her request, there will be no Memorial Service. A private family gathering will be held in the near future. If you would like to remember Bonnie by making a donation to Nana’s House or a Children’s Home of your choice.
She requested we use her writing in the obituary; “Rather than brag about my life, places I’ve traveled, famous people I met, where I lived, my loves, my accomplishments, etc. or all of my challenges and hardships…
I choose to tell of how Jesus became my savior when I was five years old in the Baptist Church in North Carolina. That day I began to believe in Jesus and continued to learn, grow up with him and know him more, my inner strength, confidence and faith. Throughout life he was my rock, my strength. As I followed Jesus, sometimes I stumbled, but he carried me. Sometimes he helped me climb the mountains and at the top I fell to my knees so grateful. There were times I flew like an eagle under the shadow of His wings!
The only thing that matters now is that I’m seeing Jesus, the Son, Father God, and the Holy Spirit in Heaven. Seeing my dear loved ones and everyone… I hope to see you someday in eternity! Believe in your heart that Jesus, Son of God, died on the cross in place of you and be sorry that you sin. Then plug in to His power to fill and guide you! Only you make the choice to live eternally in paradise or hell. He gave you the gift, but you choose to unwrap it.”
Written by Bonnie Lee King

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Joe Scholze from Palm Bay wrote on May 30, 2021:
Bonnie Lee was a great addition to our Space Coast Singles group, to the Calvary Chapel singles group, and a local small study group in Palm Bay. Always exhibited a lively attitude, thoughtful opinions, and a sincere, prayerful concern for others. She always fondly recalled when the very inspired and intelligent Adrian Rogers was her Pastor at 1st Baptist Church Merritt Island. A committed fighter against the illness to the very end, she maintained a quiet dignity and a strong spirit even in the last weeks. Her self- written testimonial of her life is her true spirit . The battle in the flesh has ended, but our friendship with her will never end, as she waits in the unseen Kingdom of our Messiah, Christ the Lord, for the rest of us to fight our battles here and meet her once again, where sadness is no longer present.
Arlene Oliver from OLYMPIA wrote on July 26, 2020:
Bonnie was a force that could be as strong as steel. Thanks to our mother's for bringing us together in junior high school. I remember all the fun we had as teenagers...from skipping school in the 9th grade in order to go to the beach. We'd drive in your dad's big boat of a car and scrape together our quarters for gas. I'll remember all the shopping we did for fabric, sewing our own clothes, making sun tea, plucking oranges from trees, playing our clarinets in band, having sleep overs and spending many an evening with family! You'll be missed and sweet peace to a woman of talent and substance!...your friend, Arlene
Gloria King-Ryals from Palm Bay wrote on July 26, 2020:
My sister, my friend, now another one of our Angels. My memories with Bonnie start when we were little girls in NC, riding tricycles, playing with our dolls. We loved sharing personal memories as we looked thru photos of life that spanned over 68 years. Days at the beach, family gatherings, graduations, marriages, new members joining the family, travels to far away places, so many events and everyday life. I'm so glad I was able to share my thoughts one more time with Bonnie as she began her journey home. Reminding her how much all her family loved her and would miss her. Sharing the visions of family and friends that were waiting to welcome her to Heaven. How she would soon be healed, no more pain, would only know Love. I grieve for the physical loss, but I must celebrate, feel peace and love believing that she walks with God and his Angels.
JOANNE S DOYLE from Greensboro wrote on July 26, 2020:
Such a beautiful tribute to dear Bonnie. My sweet cousin, rest in peace.
Wade Ryals from Palm Bay, Fl. 32905 wrote on July 25, 2020:
You have passed through the door, on to a new and exciting adventure. Enjoy the journey.
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