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1 of 14 | Posted by: William Murray - youngstown, OH

“You was loved by millions and you will be missed forever thanks for the talent you shared ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Charles Parker - Milwaukee, WI

“I would love to know some of your Bonner family history if maybe they came from Fayetteville, TN my mother's maiden name was Bonner she died in 1995...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: LaWanda Perez - Albion, MI

“I was not privileged to know "Sugar Foot" personally, but I am ever so grateful to have been able to hear and experience the music this legend shared...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Phyllis Harris - Moreno Valley, CA

“This SST in Hampton, VA thanks you for the joy you added to "My Life". My heartfelt sympathy to the family. "Honey", loves you now and always!!! Awww...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: SST

“When I see "Sugarfoot's" music...it dawns on me how creative talent can be misconstrued from a personal appearance. I think I had the opportunity to...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Harry Shaw - Aquaintence

“To family,u lost a family member who was called home,trust GOD in ur loss,we lost a legend ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: John - Phoenix , AZ - biggest fan

“I only met Brother Bonner once a few years back during a Richmond,Va performance,so in a way I'm writing this for all his many fans around the world...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Dave - Richmond, VA

“Dear Family, You have My sincere condolances on the passing of Mr.Bonner....I have been and will always be an admirer of Him and the rest of the Ohio...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Al-Farid Salahuddin - Mt. Vernon, NY

“Sherry, God bless you and your family! Thanks for sharing your Dad with the world! ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Denee Davis Griffin - Cincinnati, OH

“Your passing was like losing a family member !! But your memory will live on through your music !! You sang "I Want To Be Free" & now you are !!!...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Portia Hurst - Philadelphia, PA

“You will be missed. Alot of good music will never be forgotten ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Quita - Akron, OH - A fan

“To the family of Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner: My thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this difficult time. My name is Cynthia and i'm just a fan...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: cynthia odom - florissant, MO

“To the family of Leroy "Sugar" Bonner Our most sincere condolences. May the love and memories you have of him sustain and comfort you. He will be...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Ray & Martha - Kennesaw, GA


Bonner, Leroy \"Sugarfoot\" of the "OHIO PLAYERS" January 27, 2013, Age 68 years. Memorial Service at House of Joy Christian Ministries, 5918 Hamilton Ave.Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM. Friends may call Saturday, February 9 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at House of Joy Christian Ministries. Condolences to www.jcbattleandsons.com
Life's Reflection

Leroy was born to Eva May & Commadore Bonner in Hamilton, Ohio. Leroy had two sisters, Carolyn and Linda Bonner; nine brothers, Carl, Harry, Ronald, Eddie, Rome, Victory, Darrell, and Jerry.

Leroy started playing a guitar at the age of 12. He joined his first band at the age of 14. At the age of 16, he joined a band called The Ohio Untouchables and later they formed THE OHIO PLAYERS.

"Sugarfoot" enjoyed a stellar career as a musician, writer, producer, and performer. From the 1970's, 80's, 90's into the 21st century, his music touched and inspired tens of thousands, worldwide. "Sugarfoot" loved the world and his family. We love you Dad and miss you.

His wife, Frances Bonner; daughter, Royella McGinnis and grandson, Terry McGinnis preceded him in death.

Leroy leaves nine daughters, Trellis, Phabreanne, Royella, Vonzella, Shadera, Lola, Sherry, Kiera, Carmen; three sons, Mayan, Shasta and Prince; 22 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.