Cherie Latrice Bonner was born Oct. 30, 1992 in Shreveport, the second of two children born to Windell and Ethel Bonner.
Cherie accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour and was baptized in July of 1999 at New Mary Magdalene Baptist Church of Coushatta. She was a faithful member of her church and was anointed with the gift of praise dancing. She was a member of the praise dance team of several churches including New Mary Magdalene Baptist Church of Coushatta, Southside and Good Samaritan Baptist churches of Minden and United Christian Faith Ministries of Baton Rouge. She also performed praise dance solos at many functions. Not selfish with her gift of worship, she worked with many young people in ministry.
Cherie received many school awards, including Valedictorian and Student of the Year, 2003-2004, at J.L. Jones Elementary and Doyline's Middle School Student of the Year 2006-2007.
She attended Doyline High School in 9th and 10th grades where she played basketball and was a member of the Track and Field Team as a Distance Runner. She was Doyline's Girls Basketball Team's "Miss Defense" and the Girls Track Team Long Distance Runner MVP. She transferred to Minden High School for the remainder of her high school years where she was a majorette with the band, a distance runner on the Track and Field Team, and a guard on the Girls Basketball Team. At Minden High she received the Regina Keener Memorial Award 2011, the Girls basketball 2010-2011 Highest GPA, and Senior Scholar of the year 2011.
She was a 2011 Top Ten graduate from Minden High. She received scholarships from the Minden chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and also the Harvey Mitchell Scholarship Foundation of Minden. She was awarded the Tony Award at the Minden Alumnae's Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Debutante Ball 2011.
Cherie continued her educational pursuits at Southern University in Baton Rouge for two years before transferring to LSU Baton Rouge in the fall of 2013. She was majoring in biology at LSU at the time of her passing.
During the summer and school breaks, Cherie did volunteer work for several organizations including the Hospice Clinic in Shreveport and Dr. Marius T. McFarland's Medical Clinic.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory her parents, Windell Ray Bonner I and Ethel Mae Bonner; her brother, Windell Ray Bonner II and wife, Veronica and their son, Landon Ray Bonner; grandfather, Carl Van Williams Jr.; aunts, Lillie Roberson, Sandra Taylor, Thelma Lee Edwards and Annie C. Spann; uncles, Rev. James C. Horton, Rev. James E. Bonner, Henry William Bonner III and Jerry Foster; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Homegoing celebration for Cherie will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Saint Rest Baptist Church with the Rev B. J. Martin and the Rev. James E. Bonner, officiating. Interment will follow at Mary Magdalene Cemetery.