Bonnie Smith


Bonnie Smith, age 78, gained her wings on November 25, 2021. Bonnie was born on March 22, 1943 to Millard and Fannie Mae Upshaw.

Bonnie graduated from East High School. She worked as an X-Ray Technician at Doctors North; but transitioned to being a wife and full-time mother. Bonnie enjoyed traveling, especially cruising where she could unwind and catch up on her daily puzzles. Bonnie enjoyed spending time with her family, and always brought a Bingo game wherever she would visit. Most of all, Bonnie loved to curl up with a bag of Munchies or Cheez-it’s and watch her favorite judge programs. Bonnie was known for her signature dishes, banana pudding, Mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad and her infamous deviled eggs.

Bonnie was affectionately known as the neighborhood mother, and caregiver to countless family members and friends. Everyone always knew when visiting the Smith house there would be an endless supply of snacks, popsicles, and candy. Bonnie always displayed joy, no matter the circumstance, and her joy was infectious.

Bonnie long awaited to be reunited with her HUSBAND and SOULMATE for over 51 years William Smith. Parents Fannie and Millard Sr., Sisters Millicent, Martha, brother Millard Jr. and sister Margie.

Bonnie is survived by children Kwane (Stacey Williams) Smith, Timolyn “Teechy” Smith-Lyles, Kenyan (Catriece) Smith; stepchildren Debbie (Charles) Harris, Dana (Ronald) Aekins, William “Gary” (Julie) Smith; siblings Betty, Jeanette, Linda, Carolyn, Vincent, and Robin Upshaw; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Monday, December 6, 2021 at Trinity Baptist Church, 461 St Clair Ave.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Tiheshia Tucker-Morrison

    The loss of a loved one is never easy! Bonnie always had a smile on her face! She loved her family and family time! Bonnie affectionately known as Mom to me was such an amazing and beautiful person! You will forever be missed!

  2. My prayers are with you all. Bonnie was a very sweet and loving person from the first day I met her. She always had a smile and a kind word.

  3. Darlene Lavon Reeves

    My Aunt Bonnie, had a great personality, beautiful smile, a good heart, she will truly be missed, I love you Aunt Bonnie, we talked everyday I really miss talking to her

  4. To the Family,
    God has gained an angel and I know she will be watching over you along with your father. May God give you comfort as you go this period of loss. Bless you and you have my deepest sympathy.

  5. To the family. I remember the days of our youth playing basketball in the driveway or playing football in the front yard. Those are some of my fondest days. Your Mom would always ask how I was and was very kind to me. Even when we were up to no good she was always kind to me. I am sorry for your loss Kwane and Teechy I know Mrs Smith is resting in peace looking down on you all smiling proud

  6. Chris L Hannon-Jones

    Bonnie was one of the best sister-in-laws in the world. She always had a smile and a great sense of humor. One of the sweetest and loving Aunt’s to my children. She was always able to make them smile and feel comfortable in a large gathering. Heaven has truly gained an Angel. I will always love Bonnie. I’m sure that William was waiting to meet her with open arms! Rest well until we see each other again. I’m praying for everyone’s strength, as this is very hard to accept. Timolyn, Quan, Kenyon she will always be with you as she has imparted a portion of her into each one of you everyday with her guidance and wisdom. Love you always, Aunt Chris, Brendan and Mishael.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Truly sorry for your loss.

  8. Danielle Blackenberry

    To the Smith Family, our long-time neighbors, and friends. We were all saddened to hear of Mrs. Smith’s passing, May God continue to comfort you all during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Blackenberry Family

  9. Heaven has gained an Angel…praying for the family and friends.

  10. Sincere condolences from my family to yours.. may The Most High continue to comfort you during your time of sorrow..❤️

  11. Trina Harmon Branham

    To the entire Smith family, I send my love, thoughts and prayers. To Quan, Timolyn and Kenyon, my Brunswick Estates family, anything I can do to be of service to you all please don’t hesitate to call, I’ll be there. Rest now Mrs. Smith and I will see your smiling face again in heaven.

  12. Adrian (Smage) Thomas

    I have known you guys so long, I feel like family and I lost my mom all over again. Nothing is like a mother’s love. I send to you guys prayers and condolences and love and hugs. Stay strong and always remember, to be absent from the the body is to be present with the Lord! I love you guys and we will get through this.

  13. Carla Rodriguez (Winbush)

    Aunt Bonnie was definitely a beacon of light. She was always warm and welcoming to me. I pray for your family and ask our Heavenly Father to grant you all love, comfort, peace and strength in this moment now, and always. My heart will simply leave this powerful prayer to cover you in your time of need. I love you all.

    Psalm 18:2
    Blessed God, You are my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my Lord You are my rock, in whom I take refuge. You are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold! Father, I pray that I put my trust in You, even in my mourning, even after experiencing such a great loss, I pray that I lean on You because I know that I cannot get through this alone. I know that in my own strength I am weak, Amen.

  14. Clara Oliver Jones

    To The Smith Family.
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie. I can only repeat what so many have already said. She was one of the kindest people I have known. She had a spirit of love and kindness. May God heal the loneliness you feel.
    Clara Oliver Jones

  15. Timmy,
    I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. You are in my prayers. Your mother was a beautiful lady.

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