Bon­nie Dean Walker Nutt

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Mrs. Bon­nie W. Nutt, 88, passed into glory on Nov. 23, from the Cov­ing­ton Manor Nurs­ing Home in Cov­ing­ton. Mrs. Nutt was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band and care­giver John War­ren Nutt, hus­band of 62 years.

Bon­nie Dean Walker was born at home in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., on July 8, 1924, to Wil­liam Ed­ward and Eve­lyn Walker. W.E. Walker was a lo­cal gro­cer and butcher. Sis­ter Patsy was born when Bon­nie was 5, and cousin Ju­lia Rus­sell joined the fam­ily dur­ing Bon­nie’s teen years. Bon­nie stud­ied dra­matic ex­pres­sion and won a jit­ter-bug dance con­test. Bon­nie grad­u­ated in 1942 from the New Ge­or­gia Com­mu­nity of Jef­fer­son County High School, Birm­ing­ham. Bon­nie grad­u­ated from Auburn in 1945 and was em­ployed as a home econ­o­mist for two years. She grad­u­ated in 1950 from South­west­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Fort Worth, Texas with master’s de­gree in re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion. At South­west­ern Sem­i­nary, she met War­ren Nutt and mar­ried him June 18, 1948.

Bon­nie and War­ren Nutt served churches in Arkansas (Trin­ity Bap­tist, Texarkana), Alabama (First Bap­tist, Ge­or­giana, and Ar­bor Bap­tist, Pell City), and Ge­or­gia (South Broad Bap­tist, Rome; Na­tional Hills Mis­sion, then later Church, Au­gusta; Vir­ginia Av­enue Bap­tist Church, At­lanta, Jack­son Hills Bap­tist Church, At­lanta). They had four chil­dren: Karen (1950), Terry (1952), Kathy (1954) and David (1957). Bon­nie taught school: five years in Au­gusta and 22 years in At­lanta, the last 10 with gifted stu­dents. She re­tired af­ter teach­ing 27 years, in 1987. Bon­nie and War­ren Nutt kept busy in vol­un­teer church work with First Bap­tist At­lanta. They worked with col­lege stu­dents, of­ten invit­ing guests for Sun­day din­ner in their home. Bon­nie and War­ren also devel­oped an in­de­pen­dent Amway busi­ness which pro­vided ad­di­tional in­come, per­sonal growth and op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­vest in the lives of oth­ers. Bon­nie and War­ren trav­eled in Is­rael, Europe, Alaska, Mex­ico, Bri­tish Isles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and nearly all the United States.

In 1993, they sold their At­lanta home and min­is­tered one year in Kona Bap­tist Church, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Next, they set­tled in Lawrenceville (1994-2004) and as­sisted with Pas­toral Care of Mis­sion Ser­vice Core Vol­un­teers, Home Mis­sion Board, South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion (1996-2004). At First Bap­tist Church, Lil­burn, Bon­nie men­tored in­ter­na­tion­als, and taught English as a sec­ond lan­guage. In 2004, they moved to Cov­ing­ton, where War­ren will­ing ac­cepted the priv­i­lege of car­ing for Bon­nie as her health de­clined. Their home church be­came First Bap­tist, So­cial Cir­cle. Bon­nie ex­pressed her cre­ativ­ity and love by mak­ing gifts for oth­ers through crafts, sewing cloth­ing, mak­ing cloth dolls, mak­ing ce­ram­ics, or sting­ing beads into neck­laces and bracelets.

Bon­nie en­tered full-time care in June 2008. She gave and re­ceived love to the end. Her in­fre­quent yet com­mon ut­ter­ance in the Nurs­ing home was, “I love you.” The fam­ily would like to thank the staff and res­i­dents of the Cov­ing­ton Manor Nurs­ing Home and Cross­roads Hospice for the lov­ing, car­ing, home at­mos­phere they pro­vided.

Bon­nie was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band John War­ren Nutt; her sis­ter Judy Kel­ley; her in­fant son Stephen War­ren Nutt; her par­ents Wil­liam Ed­ward and Eve­lyn Ai­lene Rus­sell of Birm­ing­ham, Ala.; her pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents Wil­liam Thomas Walker and Fran­cis White, daugh­ter of Jim and Betty White; and her ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents Wil­liam C. Rus­sell and Pharisee Pem­ber­ton.

Bon­nie is sur­vived by four chil­dren: Karen Nutt Smith (Mrs. Dana Smith), Terry Nutt (wife Lucy), Kathy Nutt Whit­worth (hus­band Steve) and David Nutt. Bon­nie has 10 grand­chil­dren: Rachel Brown Ul­rich, Paul Michael Brown, Re­becca Brown Gor­don, Jor­dan Nutt, Daniel Nutt, Athalia Whit­worth Critcher, Tif­fany Whit­worth, Ster­ling Whit­worth, Natalie Whit­worth, Melissa Nutt and Mark Nutt. Bon­nie is sur­vived by eight great-grand­chil­dren: An­nalise Ul­rich, Tal­lis Whit­worth Howard, Low­ell Whit­worth Howard, Zoe Critcher, Paulette Brown, Com­man­der Brown, Pad­gette Brown and Avery Belle Nutt.

To­mor­row, Dec. 22, the First Bap­tist Church of Lil­burn will host visi­ta­tion with the Nutt fam­ily at 1 p.m. and a cel­e­bra­tion of life me­mo­rial ser­vice at 2 p.m. In­stead of flow­ers, the fam­ily has re­quested that do­na­tions be given to the Lot­tie Moon Christ­mas Of­fer­ing in her me­mory.

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