May 03, 2021

LAMAR- Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamar First Baptist Church for Bonnie Beth O’Neal, 78, Lamar, who died Saturday, May 1, 2021, at her home. Burial will follow in Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, at Daniel Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or Lake Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

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Survivors include her husband, Jim O'Neal; two sons, Chris O'Neal and wife Chastity and Pat O'Neal and wife Michelle, all of Lamar and seven grandchildren, Whitten O'Neal, Brianna O'Neal, Alex O'Neal, Connor O'Neal, Sam O'Neal, Victoria O'Neal and Spencer O'Neal.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. O’Neal was born April 30, 1943, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Lucien Everett and Bonnie Mae (Sellers) Whitten. She married James “Jim” Frederick O’Neal in Miami, Okla., on July 7, 1965.

She received her bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University and master's degree from Pittsburg State University. She worked as an elementary and special education teacher from 1967 to 1997 for the Lamar R-1 School District.

She volunteered and taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church, was a member of PEO and was the founding Project Graduation coordinator in 1990. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.