On Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, Kenneth Farr Bonner peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by family following a battle with cancer.

Ken was born on Sept. 2, 1955 in Morristown, Tennessee to Tom and Kathleen (Jenkins) Bonner. He received his BS degree in communications from the University of North Alabama in 1977.

Ken began his career in insurance and later moved into journalism retiring in December 2018 as the advertising director of the Jackson County Sentinel.

Ken had a strong faith and was a mighty prayer warrior for others. He taught Sunday School and served as a deacon at First Baptist Church Scottsboro for many years.

Ken was an avid sports fan and pulled for his Scottsboro Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers with great enthusiasm win or lose. In the 1990’s, he was known as the “Voice of the Wildcats,” covering football, basketball and other sports for about 15 years. He also served as the PA announcer for Scottsboro football until 2017.

Ken never met a stranger and was a friend to many. He will be greatly missed for his quick wit, infectious laugh, distinctive voice, integrity and loyalty. He loved his family and was the number one supporter of his daughter and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, from 5-8 p.m., at Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. with visitation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Scottsboro with Pastor Shandy Dill officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Ken is survived by his wife, Jayne; daughter, Amanda (Nathan) Hansen; grandchildren, Olivia, Will and Sam Hansen; brothers, Tom and Robert (Loretta) Bonner; nieces, Ginger (John) Spitzmiller, Christy (Andrew) Bonner Fisher and Esther (Ryan) Owen; nephews, Jeff Bonner, Tim Bonner (Cortney), John Putman (Michelle) and Ben (Chrissy) Bonner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Kathleen Bonner; sister, Carol Bonner Putman; niece, MaryKate Bonner and sister-in-law, Linda Richardson Bonner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Children/Youth ministries of First Baptist Church, 215 S. Andrews Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768, or the Ken Bonner Memorial Scholarship Fund, established through EquipUS, P.O. Box 803, Scottsboro, AL 35768.

This fund will be used to equip pastors in the international pastor training school through assistance for US pastors to help with the mission teaching teams.

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