Bishop William Haven Bonner, a longtime pastor, jurisdictional bishop, and community leader in Aurora, died this week just two weeks short of his 95th birthday. He was born Sept. 13, 1921.
“For more than 72 years, Bishop Bonner was an integral figure in our community — 68 of those years in the same church that he and his congregation broke ground for in 1948,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said in a statement released Monday.
That church was The Greater Mount Olive Church of God in Christ, at the corner of Trask Street and Bonner Street, which was named in Bishop Bonner’s honor. He also has a park named after him several blocks from the church.
Born in Blytheville, Ark., Bonner was the sixth child in a family of 18. He attended elementary schools in Kentucky and Missouri and then continued his education in Chicago at DuSable High School and the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Bishop Bonner’s Local/Jurisdictional Funeral will be Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 11:00 am at The Greater Mount Olive Church of God In Christ located at 1039 Bishop William Haven Bonner Street Aurora, Illinois 60506
The National Funeral will be Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:00 am (location to be determined).