Johnny “Bono” Sunderland, 63, passed away on June, 2, 2020. “Bono” was widely known and greatly loved. But, the love he received could never be matched by the love he gave. First, and foremost, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He never ceased to tell anyone (from dear friends to total strangers) about his faith in Christ. Second, he loved his family. Susan was the love of his life, and he absolutely adored her. He was so proud of Cody, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. There was no sacrifice too big for him in order to make life better for his family. Third, he loved his friends. When he stands before the Lord, he will be humbled and amazed at how far-reaching his influence has been.
“Bono” found great joy in collecting and restoring antique cars. He loved to fish, play golf, and watching most any sport. But, none of those loves could equal his love for eating. He was a regular at The Dayton Coffee Shop, and anytime he walked in, you would have thought a celebrity had entered the room. He loved life and he loved to laugh. His sense of humor was unparalleled. He had a laugh that was so contagious, and no matter what was going on in life, you could always count on his encouraging smile to greet you.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Marie Sunderland; brother, Otis Sunderland; and nephew, Eric Lane.
Survivors are his wife, Susan Sunderland; son, Cody (Shay) Sunderland; grandchildren, Mason and Ava Sunderland; and sisters, Annie (Charles) Bandy and Diana (Tony) Alred.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rees Skillern Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital.
The world will be a different place without “Bono’s” presence. He will be sorely missed. But, the legacy of love he has left behind will still be reaping a harvest of honor and glory to God for years to come. Anyone that wants to drive a vintage car to the service is welcome to do so.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 11:00 to 2:00 at Rechoboth Baptist Church on Friday, June 5, 2020. Services will be held at the church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday with Rev. Alan Stewart presiding. Burial will follow at Spence Cemetery in Dayton.
Services will be livestreamed on Rechoboth Baptist Church's website at https://www.rechobothbaptist.org/live-stream and https://www.facebook.com/Rechoboth
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.
Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.
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