Bonnie McEntire, age 77, of Pine Cove Road, Old Fort, surrounded by her family, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Born in Illinois on March 31, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Anna Wright.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of fifty-four years, Dr. Jerrill McEntire; her four children, Ted McEntire and wife, Tiffany, of Spruce Pine, Alex McEntire and wife, Diana, of Marion, David McEntire and Traci of Old Fort and Anna Pittman and husband, Earl, of Old Fort. Also surviving Bonnie are grandchildren, Michael (Jessica), Preston, Austin, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Sydney, Ally, Addison, Sophie, Tucker and Lily; one great-grandson, Carson; and one brother, Al Wright and wife, MaryAnn, of Villa Park, Illinois. She will also be forever remembered by numerous nieces and nephews and her favorite dog, Sophie.

Bonnie was a graduate of Purdue University and after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa, she moved to North Carolina with her husband Jerrill, where she raised her family in Marion. She was a teacher at East McDowell Junior High School and McDowell High School and loved history and her many students. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Bonnie was a true animal lover and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved sports, snow, the beach and trips to Maine. She enjoyed giving far more than receiving.

The family requests your presence at the Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church. The family would also like to say a sincere thank you to Hospice of McDowell County and Autumn Care for Bonnie's care.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to CarePartners Hospice of McDowell, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813; or a charity of your choice in honor of Bonnie.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the McEntire family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website, www.beamfuneralservice.com, or call (828) 559-8111.

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