Bonnie King Hooks, 59, of Smithfield, died March 17, 2014 at Duke Medical Center after a brave battle with breast cancer.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jimmy Dale Hooks. Born on May 23, 1954 in Smithfield, she is the daughter of the late Woodrow and Irene Braswell King. She is the youngest of 6 children: Margie and the late Walter B Wall, Sylvia and the late Richard (Dicky) Rose, and Thomas King, of Smithfield, Linda and Buck Mitchell of Princeton, and Ted King, deceased, and Lorraine King of Smithfield. Bonnie is also survived by her goddaughter, Anna Elizabeth Grubbs of Smithfield, 24 nieces and nephews: Ken Wall of Pine Level, R. E. and Susan Rose of Greensboro, Barry and Rhonda Martin of Clayton, Swade and Lynne Carroll, Dale and Ann Wood, Tony and Amy Mitchell, Lee and Jan Mitchell of Princeton, Folden and Lori Lee, Marcus Hooks and Jennifer Smith of Smithfield, Maggie Godwin, Maegan Godwin, Summer Hooks, Jessica Phillips, Lance Phillips, Justin and Ashleigh Hooks of Kenly, B J and Angela Davis of Marshall, Phil and Faith Leverett of Raleigh, 22 great nieces and nephews and 6 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her nephew, Rodney King and great nephew, Folden Lee IV.
Bonnie’s career spanned over 40 years in manufacturing and purchasing/procurement. Most recently, she was the Director, Procure to Pay with Dex Media Corporation. Her work took her to many interesting places including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Japan and various cities across the US. As a charter member of Johnston County’s American Business Women’s Association, she was honored with the distinction of ABWA Woman of the Year and as a candidate for ABWA’s National Top 10 Business Women of the Year. Bonnie was also awarded the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Athena Award, a national award recognizing the outstanding achievements of women in their communities. Bonnie was a graduate of Princeton High School, received specialized training in leadership, management and job specific courses and earned a graduate degree from Raleigh School of Data Processing. She served as mentor and advisor to many young female professionals in the area.
As an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Smithfield, Bonnie was an ordained Elder and Deacon. She served on various committees including the Presbyterian Women and the Interior Decorating Committee. One of her most loved projects was providing Christmas lunch for the JOY (Just Older Youth) Connection at First Presbyterian.
Bonnie lived her life with grace and dignity. She gave unselfishly of herself in everything she did, both personally and professionally. She will be remembered for her infectious laughter, zeal for life and genuine compassion for others.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:00 pm on Thursday, March 20th at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S Third Street in Smithfield. A Celebration of Life service, officiated by Rev. Joe Hester will begin at 2:30 pm immediately followed by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Park in Smithfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church/Building Fund, Post Office Box 1159, Smithfield, NC 27577, (919) 934-0988.