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Charles D. Bonaparte

Born: 10/14/1918

Died: 1/19/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Charles D. Bonaparte, 84, of Red Oak, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2003 at Latimer County Hospital in Wilburton, Oklahoma. He was the last of his generation.

Charles was born October 14, 1918 in Dow, Oklahoma to original enrollee Jacob Bonaparte and Dora (Paxton) Bonaparte.

He spent his chilhood years in High Hill community where he attended East Carban School.

Charles was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, raising hogs, traveling and visiting with friends. He loved people and enjoyed life.

Charles loved the Lord and to serve in the church. He was a dedicated member and lifetime Trustee of Cedar Baptist Church. He used to drive hundreds of miles for meetings. He liked to be one of the first ones there.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Valdona Wallen Bonaparte; adopted son, Gerald Bonaparte; his parents; stepfather, Jackson Smith; sisters, Cora Wall Thompson, Christine Smith, Aileen Smith and Dora Smith Cunningham, and brothers, Joseph, Joshua and Benjamin Bonaparte.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bonaparte of Red Oak; stepdaughters and husbands, Christine and Raymond Mackey of Wister, Oklahoma, Erma and Harlod Hegler of Daingerfield, Texas; many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Carolyn Bonaparte and daughters, Lavern Crain and Barbara Mustonen of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and many friends and church family.