Mrs. Boneta (Bonnie) Lyle Mealer, age 78, of Crandall, Georgia, passed away at her residence on July 29, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Polly Lyle; grandparents, Reverend Thomas and Mary Lyle, and Andrew and Minnie Carroll.
Bonnie was born September 25, 1941, in Crandall, Georgia. She grew up in Crandall, and except for a short time in Chatsworth, lived her entire life on the same block. She attended Murray County High and was selected to the Georgia All State Chorus all four years. Besides her incredible voice, she was an excellent piano player, who could hear a song once and play it beautifully. Bonnie could play by ear or sight read. She could perfectly accompany any singer. Bonnie was the pianist at Dewberry Baptist Church for many years, and later served as guest pianist to other churches when needed. She was also pianist for several old-fashioned gospel quartets over the years. She also played and sang for hundreds of weddings and funerals, as well as school programs and any other occasion when a piano player was needed. She and James also gladly entertained residents at nursing homes throughout the area, as well as supplying snacks, hearing aid batteries and any other items the residents needed.
Bonnie worked in the Inventory Control Department at World Carpet for 13 years. After leaving there, in 1981, she taught piano until 2005. She continued to help James with the family piano business until very recently. One of the things she was most proud of was how many of her students went on to play at churches. Bonnie lost count of how many students she taught, but it was certainly in the hundreds.
Bonnie and James traveled together to 46 states, Mexico and Canada, by car and motorcycle. They both loved adventures, good music, and a nice dinner out. Her favorite movie was Gone with the Wind, and the kids narrowly escaped being named Rhett, Tara and Scarlett. Over the years, there were too many dogs and cats to remember, as Bonnie was a big animal lover. She loved a good book, the beach, dogs, cats, lighthouses, flowers, peanut butter fudge, vine ripened tomatoes, and a good peach.
Bonnie was generous and kind and loved to laugh. She loved being a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother, and she excelled at all. Beyond her own family, many a family woke up to Christmas presents and a holiday dinner as a result of her quiet generosity.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 60 years, James Mealer, of Crandall; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Reba Mealer, of Chatsworth; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Darryl Freeman, of Chatsworth, and Kim and Mike Brieden, of Hitchcock, Texas; three grandchildren, Haden Mealer Costello and husband Matt, of Canton, Jayson Mealer, of Crandall, and Asa Brieden, of Hitchcock, Texas; and precious great-grandaughter, Charlotte (Charlee) Costello of Canton, as well as her devoted dog, Ike.
The family especially wishes to thank the staff of Regency SouthernCare Hospice, including Sharon, Lindsay, Andrea, and caregivers Carol Mooney, Angie Edwards, and Kella Cross. Their loving compassion was a blessing to Bonnie and her family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dewberry Baptist Church at 150 Dewberry Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing and masks were strongly encouraged. No food or beverages were allowed in the funeral home.
A private service was held Friday, July 31, with a memorial service in the future when friends and family may safely gather. Bonnie was buried at Dewberry Baptist Church with Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth, Georgia handling funeral arrangements.