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San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: (325) 268-0471
Bonita Cartrite

Bonita Copeland Cartrite

Monday, January 4th, 1932 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Mom was born on January 4, 1932 to Melvin and Essie Childress and was born at her Aunt Edna's Askins house in Sanco, Texas.

She was raised on the Cortez Russell Ranch in the Friendship area of Coke County. Mom started her schooling at Sanco and graduated from Robert Lee High School in 1949. The senior class called themselves the 49's.

Mom loved music and wanted to have a piano and take lessons. She worked picking cotton and raising dogie lambs to save money for her first piano.

Mom met Les Copeland at church in Robert Lee and married him August 27, 1950. She worked for West Texas Utilities until Les and Bonita moved to Silver, Texas with their new baby daughter, Nita Gaye to work for Perkin and Prothro Oil Company. Their son Daryl was born in May 1956.

Mom taught music lessons at her home in Silver and also Robert Lee and Colorado City. Mom played the piano at Silver Baptist Church and the organ at Robert Lee Baptist Church for many years.

As the oil camps closed in Silver the family moved to Robert Lee in 1970. After Daryl and Gaye graduated from High School she attended Angelo State University. She loved college!

In June of 1976 she first became a Nana when John Caleb Williams was born. Jerrod, Holly and Tiffany were born soon after. She loved her grandkids and loved going to sporting events that they participated in.

Mom was active in the community. She was on the board that published the Coke County History books. Along with Wanda Smith they surveyed and notated all the cemeteries in Coke County and published this as a book in1990. Later she published the book A History of the Old Coke County Jail and Sheriffs.

Mom enjoyed participating in the Old Coke County Pageants for many years. She enjoyed participating in it with her husband and family.

Mom went on several mission trips with churches. She went to Brazil, Australia and the FiJi Islands. She loved the FiJi Islands and would have lived there if she could have.

Mom and Dad enjoyed their retirement years living across from Robert Lee High School. They enjoyed feeding the grandkids lunch every day and playing a game of ping pong with them before they went back to school. She cooked frito pie for her family before many home football games.

Mom was never bored or without activity. She loved to read, study the Bible and playing dominoes with the Blairs and the Prentices.

Mom was preceded in death by her husband, her beloved grandson John, her parents and two sisters. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, August 3, 2020, at Robert Lee Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be sent to the Robert Lee Baptist Church or the Coke County Historical Committee.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 | 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 9:00am - 8:00pm
    Shaffer Funeral Home Robert Lee
    Hwy 158
    ROBERT LEE, TX 76945
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  • Service

    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    Robert Lee Cemetery
    Hwy 158
    ROBERT LEE, TX 76945
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    Reverend Christopher Walls
  • Interment

    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    Robert Lee Baptist Church
    22 W 11th St
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Posted at 09:39pm
Nita Gaye & Daryl & Families, I am so sad to hear about Bonita and sad for your loss. She was such a good influence in our lives and I remember so many times of laughing and loving her throughout our Junior High and High School years. Taking piano lessons from her was a joy, and Linda taking organ lessons from her as well. So fun that she taught organ lessons at Mom's (Edna's) house for those years after y'all moved to town. There are many good memories of our moms acting in the Coke County Pageant over the years and lots of other community times together. May God bless you all and comfort you as you go through these days of remembering her and your family. I'm praying for you all. Love, Jan Havins (& Linda, too).

Carole Jean Chamberlain McFeron

Posted at 04:53pm
I just learned that my wonderful cousin, Bonita, has passed away. I offer my deepest love, prayers and condolences to her immediate family. I don't know most of y'all. But I knew Bonita. She was something! Her mother, Essie, and my mother, Sadie Grace, were sisters. They were very, very close. I will never forget Bonita. May she rest in peace and enjoy being with so many members of the family who are already in heaven.

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