2. Howard Lee Bonnette
was born on
10 Jun 1926 in Sanders Community, Louisiana. He was a Meat Cutter/Butcher between
1950 and 1980 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Majority of time at Hub's Supermarket
on Texas Street. He was buried in Nov 2001 in Sanders Cemetary, Louisiana.
He died on 30 Nov 2001 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He was also known as POP. Howard
Lee Bonnette was a complicated man in the sense that he was a cross between Archie
Bunker and John Wayne. He was a died in the wool democrat very patriotic but
had little tolerance for anyone different from him or his views. He was severely
impacted by the hardship that he endured as a child and watching his father working
himself to death during the depression. He always had a fear of having to live
through another depression.
From around 1990 to his death in 2001 he lived in a little house on the land,
hwy 156, he inherited from his Mother between Calvin and Goldonna, Louisiana.
He felt he was wealthy if he had food and land because you can always grow food.
Howard had a nervous breakdown sometime after 1957 and was hospitalized for a
short time. Aunt Gracie Bonnette Jennings said that he was trying to achieve
too much too soon and became depressed as a result. My Mother brought him to
my Aunt Viola's house and Howard locked himself in the bathroom. He would not
come out. They called some Mason's and they did their secret knock on the door
and Howard came out. After that they brought him to the hospital.
Howard ran the meat market for Hub Scott, Hub's Supermarket, in Natchitoches,
LA, for many years. He had a great affection for Mr. Scott and looked upon him
as a father figure.
Howard was a Mason, not active, and had a Masonic Rites service at his funeral.
After the death of Thelma in November 1972, Howard married Virginia Melancon
on October 21, 1973 until they divorced in November 1991.
Howard died at the age of 75 from numerous complications, liver cancer, diabetes,
congestive heart failure and emphazima. Howard smoked heavly all his life and
in the last 20 years drank heavily, both beer and whiskey, morning and night.
Howard was an alcoholic as were many of his brothers.
1944 Calvin High School Senior Class, Winn Parish, LA
D. C. Carpenter
(Submitted by Greggory Ellis Davies, Winnfield, Winn Parish, LA.)
See photo of Calvin class of 1944 in scrapbook. He was married to Thelma Lorene
Shelton on 28 Apr 1945 in Winnfield, Louisiana.
Thelma Lorene Shelton
was born on
10 Aug 1926 in Oak Grove, Louisiana. She was buried in Nov 1972 in Memory Lawn
Cemetary, Natchitoches, Louisiana. She died on 23 Nov 1972 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
She was ill with Hodgkins Disease around 1966 thru 1972. Obituaries: Thelma
Shelton Bonnette, 1972, Winn Parish, LA
From: November 29, 1972 Winn Parish Enterprise News-American
Mrs. Bonnette Dies; Rites Held In Natchitoches
Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Shelton Bonnette, 46, of Natchitoches,
formerly of Winnfield, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church
in Natchitoches with the Revs. Troy Wheeler and Charles Haley officiating.
Burial was in Memory Lawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Bonnette died Thursday morning, November 23, 1972, in a Shreveport
hospital after a long illness.
Survivors include her husband, Howard L. Bonnette, two sons, James Howard
Bonnette and Timothy Lee Bonnette, all of Natchitoches; two daughters, Mrs.
Charlotte Nix of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Susan Beach of Natchitoches; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shelton of Winnfield and one grandchild.
Anne Bonnette (Private).
Dianne Bonnette (Private).
James Howard Bonnette (Private).
Timothy Lee, Sr. Bonnette.