The Times West Virginian


November 27, 2012

Bonnie Knotts

Bonnie Lee Minor Knotts, 61, of Martinsburg, passed away at 2:20 p.m Sunday (Nov. 25, 2012) at WVUH-East City Hospital in Martinsburg.

She was born Dec. 28, 1950, in Charles Town, a daughter of the late Franklin Burld and Sylvia Jane Rowland Minor.

She was a 1968 graduate of Shepherdstown High School. She received an LPN degree in 1988 from James Rumsey Technical Institute in Hedgesville. She graduated from Shepherd College in 1994 with an RN degree. She was employed as an LPN in both the OB/GYN Labor and Delivery Department at City Hospital in Martinsburg and City Hospital’s Home Health in prenatal and newborn care from 1988-94. She was employed as an RN in City Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Department from 1994-96, when she retired due to health issues.

She is survived by her companion of 38 years, James Eugene “Blue” Reynolds of Martinsburg; two sons, Charles Allan Knotts of Winchester, Va., and James Eugene “J.R.” Reynolds of Martinsburg; two sisters, Terry Lynn Minor Staubs of Ranson, and Debra Alanna Minor Wilson and husband Allen of Fairmont; two brothers, David Franklin Minor and wife Tracie of Round Rock, Texas, and Brian Keith Minor of Ranson; three grandchildren, Charlene Marie and Brittany Ann Knotts, both of Florida, and Shane Devon Reynolds of Inwood; three nieces, Chrissy Lynne Staubs Shenton of Harpers Ferry, Jennifer Blair Wilson of Kinston, N.C., and Laura Alanna Wilson Ross and husband Peter of North Carolina; three nephews, Brandon James Minor of Ranson, Aaron David Minor of Martinsburg, and Jerry David Staubs and wife Lori of Harpers Ferry; aunts and uncles, Brenda and George Sines of Tunnelton, and Dick and Onda Minor of Virginia; two great-nieces, Kristen Staubs and Jessica Staubs, both of Harpers Ferry; and many cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jane Minor, who died in infancy in April 1950; a great-niece, Samantha Nichole Dawn Staubs, who died Dec. 10, 2006; her maternal grandparents, Charles Edgar and Theresa Grace Burns Rowland; her paternal grandparents, Asa Franklin and Bertha Jane Miner Minor; and several aunts and uncles.

She enjoyed reading books of all kinds, and loved cats, including her last pet, Bonkers. She was a Methodist by faith.

She will be always missed by all who love her more than words can express.

She was a kind and gentle soul who made everyone who knew her feel blessed.

Friends and family will be received at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, 310 S. Fairfax Blvd., Ranson, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10:30-11 a.m. Friday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Garrott officiating. Funeral services will continue at the gravesite at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Mrs. Knotts has chosen cremation as her form of disposition and will be interred next to the grave of her mother, the late Sylvia Minor, and maternal grandparents.

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