William A. â€śBillâ€ť Bonner Jr., 68, of Austin, formerly of Big Spring died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Big Spring. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Trinity Memorial Park with Chaplain Cherise Felty officiating.
He was born July 27, 1943, in Forth Worth, Texas. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1961. After completing high school, Bill realized he needed to obtain a formal education in 1963 while â€śdigging ditchesâ€ť for Pioneer Natural Gas Company. To enable him to get the GI Bill to complete his education, from 1966 to 1970, Bill completed three tours in the Vietnam Combat Zone as a Radarman 2nd Class aboard the ammunition ship USS Mount Katmai (AE-16).
After the Navy, Bill earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in August 1972. After college, he obtained accounting experience working as an audit examiner for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the U.S. Air Force audit agency, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare audit agency, and as an Internal Revenue agent for IRS from 1973 through 1978. In late 1978, Bill established a certified public accounting firm in Austin, Texas. He spent more trhan 33 years rendering professional services, specializing in defending clients against Internal Revenue Service. During this period, the firm served clients located throughout the United States, Australia, England, Italy, Iran, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He spent substantial time providing pro-bono services to those who could not otherwise afford to defend themselves against the IRS.
Bill was baptized in the First Christian Church of Big Spring and was a member of the Big Spring Chapter of DeMolay. He was a member of Big Spring Masonic Lodge 1340, the Austin Scottish Rite and Ben Hur Shrine Temple.
Bill is survived by his cousin, Glynda Jones and her husband Grady of Lampasas; and one step-son, Lee Eubanks of Austin, his loving schnauzer, Austin B; and a few very special friends.
William A. Bonner, Billâ€™s father, a lifelong resident of Big Spring, preceded him in death in 1963 and his mother Gail Whitney Bonner Legg died Feb. 7, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Attn: Memorials, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125; American Cancer Society, 2433 Ridgepoint Dr. A , Austin, TX 78754; American Lung Association, P.O. Box 26460, Austin, TX 78755; Big Spring Humane Society, P.O. Box 823, Big Spring, TX 79721, or any other charity of choice.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com