Bonnie E. Tisdale Garroutte Speck March 20, 1940 ~ February 18, 2013

Bonnie E. Tisdale Garroutte Speck was taken home to be with the Lord at the age of 72 years on February 18, 2013 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Bonnie entered this world on March 20, 1940 at the City Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She was the only child of Opal Christopher Salsbury and James Wallace Tisdale, who have both preceded her in death.  Bonnie is survived by her husband, Roger Speck of the home, her only child Bonnie Linnet Garroutte Tournear and her husband Joseph Clarkson Tournear  III, both of Heber Springs, Arkansas.  She was grandmother to one granddaughter Juliana Linnet Tournear Grist and her husband Ryan Warner Grist both of Little Rock, Arkansas and one grandson Joseph Clarkson Tournear IV.  She was also survived by one step-grandson Adam Levi Tournear and step-great grandson Clarkson Louis Tournear both of Charleston, North Carolina.  Bonnie was a step-mother to six step-sons, Steven Speck, Ronald Speck, Gary Speck, Michael Speck (who preceded her in death), Donald Speck, Jeffrey Speck and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four aunts and one uncle-Maxine Tando of Farmington, Virgina Salsbury of Elkins, Edna Salsbury of Baldwin, Jo and Robert Salsbury of Farmington.  She is survived by several cousins and friends who loved her dearly and will miss her greatly.

Bonnie was an active member of the Round Mountain Missionary Baptist Church of over forty-five years where she served as pianist and organist for many years. Later in life, she was active in helping establish the Bethal Deaf Church of Fayetteville.  She is currently a member of Northeast Baptist Church where she served in several areas.

Bonnie was raised a farm girl her entire life. She loved the outdoors, animals, gardening and being in the hay field on her little red tractor.  She was a cattle farmer for several years and after retiring; she enjoyed sitting in the sunroom visiting with friends, watching the birds and looking at her flowers.  Bonnie’s other career, as a tax preparer, began after graduating from the Fayetteville Business College and continued for forty-eight years.  She served many clients throughout those years and considered them and loved them like family.

Those that knew Bonnie would say she was a kind, loving, selfless, hard working woman that conquered so many things in her life spite her hearing disability. Her determination and willingness to help others was an inspiration to all that knew her and she will be missed by so many family members and friends. The family would like to invite you to celebrate Bonnie’s life at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Northeast Baptist Church 2578 Oakland Zion Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Please bring any memories you have of Bonnie to share with the family and friends.  There will be a memorial service the morning after at 10:00 a.m. at the Round Mountain Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 4~6 P.M. at the church.

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    Deanie » 18. Feb, 2013

    Dear Roger, Linnet, and family,

    What a sweet and special lady has moved to her heavenly home! My heart both grieves with you for you loss, but also rejoices with you in knowing that Bonnie is now complete and is hearing the music of heaven! May the Lord give you all that you need to get through each day ahead, and may you have peace that all is just as He has planned. It’s so hard to understand, but one day you all be together again!

    With love,

    Name » 18. Feb, 2013

    We loved Bonnie so very much she will be missed so much, please know that your family will be in our prayers

    BARBARA WATSON » 18. Feb, 2013


    Mary Barnett » 19. Feb, 2013

    Dear Linnet,

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. The time I met your mother, she was a very lovely woman, and I see her in you. I pray the Lord will give you and your family strength to mourn and then celebrate that Ms. Bonnie is in heaven.
    Mary Barnett

    Winford Taylor » 19. Feb, 2013

    Dear Roger,
    I really want to give you my deeply sympathy of your dearly wife, Bonnie. She was very friendly to deaf people. Also you are good and kind to deaf people and me. I will miss her.

    Darlene Davis » 19. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie had to have been a wonderful woman because she has left behind a woman of gold. Her daughter Linnet. We are all feeling the pain for her and have her and her family in our thoughts and prayers. Bonnie will be missed but will live on in Linnet like and angel.

    Judy Mooring » 19. Feb, 2013

    Dear Roger, Linnet, Julianna, JC and families:

    Bonnie was one of the “special ones”…. a loving and caring person who always put others ahead of herself, despite her own health issues. I knew Bonnie only a few years, but feel that my life was enriched by knowing her. When she told our church a few short months ago that she had cancer, she asked that no one be sad for her, as she was looking forward to being in Heaven with Jesus. She did ask, however, that her family be kept in prayer as she knew her illness and ultimate death would still be difficult for them. It was an inspiration to observe Linnet minister to Bonnie in these last few months with unconditional, selfless love and devotion. Bonnie’s legacy to Roger, Linnet and family was to live “One Day at a Time”. Bonnie’s “days” are now eternal, and she is hearing the beautiful music of Heaven that she could not hear on earth. We can all hope when our time comes that we can transition to our eternal home with the dignity that Bonnie did. May you all have the comfort and peace you need to live “One Day at a Time” until you are with her again. You all will be in my prayers.

    Love, Judy

    Sarah Henderson » 19. Feb, 2013

    Dear Linnet and family,
    Brandon and I, as well as our girls are so sory for your loss. It was such a blessing to us to meet Ms. Bonnie and for Brandon to visit with her again at Juliana’s wedding, what a lovely woman who has touched so many lives. All of our love, thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time.
    The Brandon Henderson Family

    Shirley Al-Harby » 19. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie was truely a remarkable woman.
    Sometimes she would stop by my ASL class.
    She helped much. Cried when heard how ill she was.
    She was very vibrante person.
    I thank God for putting her in my life.
    Bonnie be with Jesus. Sometime I will join you in heaven.
    I am sorry for all of you loss.
    Blessings and Love of God,
    much love to all,

    Jim and Pat Higgins » 19. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie was a remarkable woman. She will be remembered and missed by us always.
    You all are in our thoughts!

    Jim & Pat

    The Solomon Family » 19. Feb, 2013

    Roger& Linnet:

    So sorry to hear about Bonnie! I know she will be truly missed! I remember going to Uncle Wallace & Aunt Opal’s to visit many times growing up and so did our sons. Always had such a good time just visiting and Bonnie was always there right beside Uncle Wallace hauling hay or whatever needed to be done on the farm. My mom (Katherine Tisdale) always enjoyed going to visit your family as long as her health allowed. I remember Bonnie playing either the organ or piano when we would visit when I was very young and I was always fascinated the way she could play. It had been many years since I had seen Bonnie and sure wish our family could be there to offer our support for your family in person.
    Always remember the good times you shared with Bonnie!
    Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.
    David &Peggy (Gibson) Solomon & Family
    David II & Beth Solomon, Mia & Rylee
    Heath & Fairah Solomon, Kiersten & Braden

    Kenneth and Vona Campbell » 20. Feb, 2013

    We saddened to hear of your loss. Bonnie was a very special friend of ours and she will be greatly missed by both of us. We have had many wonderful times together laughing and sharing with each other. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Hold on to your memories and let them guide you in this time of sadness. Memories are the legacy of love. May God bless and keep you and your family in the comfort of His love.

    Kenneth and Vona Campbell

    the Byfords » 21. Feb, 2013

    Roger, Lynette and family:
    we will miss seeing Bonnie at church, she was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly, but just knowing she is in Heaven waiting on the rest of us makes it easier.. take care
    Lucy and Quincey Byford

    Darrell and Tammy VanBrunt » 21. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie was such a very wonderful person. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. They have gained an angel in heaven. We always looked forward to seeing her each year, she always loved to talk cows and farming with my husband. We have always thought alot of Bonnie, she was such a friendly and loving person, someone that was so easy to get to know and so full of life. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family that she was always so proud of.
    Darrell, Tammy and Kylee VanBrunt

    Valerie Clark Reese » 21. Feb, 2013

    I am so very sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. Linnet and I grew up together and I’ve known both Bonnie and Linnet for many years (almost 50 years to be exact). Bonnie was the most loving person, anytime I saw her, she always had a hug and a kind word. God has one of his angels home.

    Linnet, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. May God bless you in your time of loss.

    With love,


    Tisha Brooks Boscia » 21. Feb, 2013

    Dear Linnet and Family,
    How Heaven is rejoicing at her coming home. I know my mom, Josephine was waiting to welcome her home. She is hearing those wonderful hymns that she so enjoyed. I will miss her during the tax season and at tax schools. I loved your Mom as mine in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you (who she was extremely proud of) and Roger and those grandchildren that she was proud of. Much love to you, Tisha

    elsie rinn » 21. Feb, 2013

    dear friends and neighbors, i am so sorry to have missed bonnie’s service, sue and i had planned to come for the graveside service but woke up to an ugly ice storm and did bot take the risk of an accident, Bonnie was very dear to me abd i will think of her often and miss her, love to linnet amd all the cousins, elsie

    Donna and Dee De » 24. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie was an amazing lady who had the joy of the Lord. She truly was walking closely with the Lord and brought so much love to everyone around her. Whenever we went to see her there was never a time she didn’t talk about her beloved daughter and grandchildren whom she loved and adored with all of her heart. She was so proud of you all and she knew how loved she was. I know your heart is aching and you feel lost but your mom and grandma is leading you closer to the Lord because in your sorrow Jesus is holding you and where Jesus is so is your mom and grandma. I know when she met Jesus at the gates of heaven she heard the words “Well done good and faithful servant”.
    Thank you for sharing your mom with us and letting us come see her. She truly looked like an angel laying in that bed. Now we know she is at peace and not suffering anymore.
    Linnet you are a wonderful daughter and what a great gift you gave to your mom by being with her and serving her. May our Lord Jesus keep you and protect you and your family now and forever.
    We love you.
    Roger and the boys we are sorry for your loss. The road ahead is rough but as time passes we pray our Lord will heal your loliness and comfort you. I know Bonnie loved you all and she cared deeply for you. Please use this time to seek the face of Jesus and gather your strength from him. He loves you very much.

    Teddy Hall » 25. Feb, 2013

    Bonnie will be missed by many family and friends here on earth, but She will get to see many family and friends in heaven she hasn’t seen in years.

    Ronie Sparkman » 08. Apr, 2013

    I am so sorry to hear of Miss Bonnie’s passing. I was one of those clients, throughout the years, that she considered like family. She always took great care of me and my family over the 15 years of seeing her. We loved her and she will be missed from our lives. Our thoughts go to her family – she was a wonderful woman.