Mr. Samuel Samp Bonnette, age 85, died Tuesday January 30, 2024, at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. The native and lifelong resident of Portal was a 1956 graduate of Portal High School. Following his graduation, he worked with Union Camp and farmed. Sam also served in the U.S. Army National Guard for two years. He returned home and continued to be a Bulloch County farmer until his retirement in 2010. Sam was also an entrepreneur, having been involved in real estate, mobile home sales and rentals.
He was a member of the Portal Hunting Club. Sam loved hunting and fishing.
He attended First Baptist Church of Portal.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Bonnett and Grace Strange Bonnett; a son, Stanley Bonnette; two brothers, Ralph and Gerald; a sister, Sarah Brower and a granddaughter, Hailey Bonnette.
Surviving are his wife, June Bonnette of Portal; five children, Steve Bonnette and wife Ann of Portal, Becky Bonnette of Statesboro, Brenda Burkhalter and husband Joe of Cobbtown, Diane Rogers of Cobbtown and Cathy Barlow and husband Tommy of Cobbtown; three grandchildren, Dillon Bonnette of Lyons, Erin and Spence Johnson of Statesboro and Roseanna and C.J. Simmons of Statesboro; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Larry Bonnette of Metter and Mike and Trish Bonnette of Douglas; a great grandchild, Rowynn Johnson of Statesboro and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Graveside services and burial will be Friday at 11:00am at the Portal City Cemetery with Rev. Don Berry officiating.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Rea Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joinernderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.