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A Life Remembered and Loved
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die…a time to love”.
An enduring love, LaBonnie Brooks Knight, answered Our Father’s call and entered eternal rest, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, while a patient at Atrium Health-Stanly, Albemarle, North Carolina. “Bonnie” or “Bonnie Blue”, as she was adoringly known to some, was the epitome of love, affection, and generosity. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and enjoyed spending time with them especially on social media. She was the daughter, of Otis and Mae Jewell Freeman Brooks, who was born November 26, 1953, in Stanly County, North Carolina. Her journey in life has closed, but she leaves a trail of beautiful memories in the lives of others she touched along the way. She now soars with the Angels and rests in God’s Hands.
Bonnie was educated in the Stanly County public schools and graduated in the class of 1971 from Albemarle Senior High School, Albemarle. In high school, Bonnie was school spirited, popular, and is historically known as the first black cheerleader at Albemarle High School. She furthered her education at Stanly Community College, Albemarle where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Computer Operations. Prior to retirement, Bonnie enjoyed preparing taxes and was employed with the former Collins & Aikman, Big Lots, the City of Albemarle and was a Caseworker-Temp at Gaston Community Action.
A believer, Bonnie was a life-long dedicated member of Union Chapel AMEZ Church, Albemarle. Prior to declining health, she was active and served faithfully as former president, Pastor’s Aide, W.H.O.M.S. (Women’s Home Overseas Missionary Society), choir member, Little Black Dress Scholarship and Awards committee member, and other church auxiliaries where she was always willing to lend a helping hand. Civically, Bonnie was a member of Ivey Chapter # 126, Order of Eastern Star (PHA). Never idle, in her leisure, she loved to browse social media and was known as, “The Queen of Facebook”. She was also a Paparrazi consultant and her family’s historian.
Bonnie has joined her parents, Otis and Mae Jewell, and her brother, William Brooks, in a place of tranquility and perfect peace.
A life loved and celebrated will forever be remembered by her sons: Octavious Dion Brooks and Tramion “Trey” Knight; grandchildren: Trinity Knight and Makayla Brooks; siblings: Virginia Brooks, Barbara (Billy) McRae, Marie Clark, Lydia Thomas, Jimmy (Vanessa) Brooks, and Timothy (Mary) Brooks; stepchildren: Xaricus “Tom” Allen, Ebony Thomas, Darkisha “Dee Dee” McLendon, Yatoka Maske, Regina Gould, and Trina Gould; step grandson, A.J. Allen; special nieces and nephews: Cheryl, Rodd, Michael, Marcus, Spencer, Keondra, Trina, Ashley, Vonda, Corey, Markita, “Sweet P”, Derrick, Latisha, Glenn, Seccori, Sandy, Juan, Elaina, William Jr., Chell, Derek, Gary and Arloisha; aunt, Dora Copeland; good friend, Patsy Howell; a host of other relatives and countless friends.