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Bonnie Lou Jeffus

January 10, 1948 — January 23, 2023


Bonnie Lou Jeffus


Bonnie Lou (Gammill) Jeffus was born to Delmar P. and Minnie Marie (Tedford) Gammill on January 10, 1948, in Nashville, Arkansas.  She went to be with the Lord on January 23, 2023.

Bonnie was a Glen Rose High School graduate who then attended nursing school. Ultimately, she became an LPTN and retired after 32 years with the State of Arkansas.

While in nursing school, friends introduced her to Jesse Samuel Jeffus, Jr.  After a time of correspondence and dating, she married this young naval officer on May 22, 1967. The couple welcomed their son into the world on December 26, 1975 and then their daughter on January 23, 1978. They enjoyed 36 ½ years of marriage before Sam’s death on December 23, 2002.

Bonnie was a longtime member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church. She loved sports, working outside, and crocheting. She was a faithful and diligent volunteer, active in church and the community.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Samuel “Sam” Jeffus, Jr.; parents, Delmar P. and Minnie Marie (Tedford) Gammill; brothers: James Harold “Bo”, John William “Bill” Gammill, and Kenneth Dale Gammill; and sister, Delmarie Kelly.

Bonnie is survived by her son, Samuel Dale Jeffus of Traskwood; daughter, Maria Louise (David D.) Gatlin of Traskwood; four grandsons: David Anthony (Layla M) Gatlin, Johnathan Blake Gatlin, Jesse Daniel Gatlin, and Philip James Gatlin, all of Traskwood; two great-grandchildren: Anna Leigh and Levi Houston Gatlin of Traskwood; sister, Ruth Ann (JH) Crites of Malvern; brother, David Earl Gammill of Benton; friend and companion, Johnny Drennan of Malvern; 12 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of beloved friends and church family who will all miss her dearly.

Memorial service will be held by family at a date to be announced.

Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online

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