Frederick Charles Bonner Sr.

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, March 2, 2017

Frederick Charles Bonner Sr., age 78, of Blacksburg, Virginia, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem, VA. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 2, 1939, to the late Frederick Dodd and Sarah McCullers Bonner. Fred grew up in Aurora, NC and was an avid outdoorsman and devoted husband, father and grandfather. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout and served in the Air Force. He earned a BS in Wildlife Management from North Carolina State University and worked as a research biologist for the Pamlico Marine Laboratory as well as a fish and wildlife manager for the state of Delaware. Upon returning to NC, Fred wrote the Sunday outdoor column for the Raleigh News and Observer before serving as the editor of the newspaper’s outdoor magazine, Carolina Adventure. His syndicated column appeared in numerous North Carolina newspapers, including the Washington Daily News. He also served as the outdoor editor for the North Carolina and Virginia News Network, broadcasting daily radio shows on as many as 135 radio stations. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bonner, of Blacksburg, VA; his son Frederick Charles Bonner Jr. and wife Michelle of Aurora, NC; his son James McCullers Bonner of Delaware City, DE; and his daughter Jennette Moreno and husband Michael of Houston, TX. Also surviving is his self-adopted Icelandic brother, Oli Bjarnason and wife Manwai of TX. Grandchildren include Patrick Bonner, Forrest Bonner, Clarissa Bonner, Harrison Moreno and Reese Moreno.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, March 4 at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr. SW, Blacksburg, VA. A memorial service will be held during the Memorial Day weekend in eastern North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Fisheries and Wildlife program in the College of Natural Resources at NC State,