Deanna Joy “Gran Gran” (Starling) Bonilla

August 15, 1941 - August 19, 2020
Deanna Joy “Gran Gran” (Starling) Bonilla

Deanna Joy (Starling) Bonilla ,”Gran Gran” 79, died Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Deanna was born to Paul Rowan Starling and Willie Mae (Byrd) Starling on August 15, 1941. She is predeceased by her parents, her “Daddy” Judson William Parrish; brother, Willie Elmond Parrish ”Billy” and her first husband Charles Edward Lee.

Deanna is survived by her Children: Jenda Clewis and Buddy , Paul Lee and Cindy, Shandela Brewington and Terry; Charles Anthony Lee ; Bryan Lee and Wendy and Sister Donna Rogers and Linwood ; brother: Keith Parrish and Patsy; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her Best friend Carol Dalton of 35 years, and her little dog Sophie.

She was loved by many people and will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 22, 2020 1:00 PM with Funeral at 2:00 PM followed by burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.

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  • August 21, 2020
    Amanda says:
    I only met Ms Joy about 6 years ago.... though I’d known her family forever .... just happened to cross paths and from the 1st day I met her I loved her. She was one of the sweetest souls I was blessed to meet. May she fly high ... no longer in any pain and watch down over her sweet family ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • August 21, 2020
    Brandon Henderson says:
    Our success in life can be measured by the character of those we’ve loved and raised. If this is universally true, then your life was what I can only hope to achieve. I love your family dearly. They are wonderful people who have positively impacted my life, consistently. Thank you for them, and allowing them to be such a great part of my life. Rest well, I hope to thank you when we meet again.

  • August 21, 2020
    Sonja Parrish Barbour says:
    Joy was always so sweet and I thought so pretty! We always went to see Joy, Donna,Keith and Billy at Uncle Judd and Aunt Willie Mae’s house. I always enjoyed it so much - very special times! I am Howard Parrish’s daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love

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