Donna Kim Bruner

Donna Kim Bruner, 63, of Carroll County passed away at her home Monday, Oct. 31, after a battle with cancer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at West President Church of Christ. Minister Mark Shiers will be conducting the service. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home and 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton. Wilson & Knight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bruner shared her passion and knowledge of English grammar and literature with students in Leflore and Carroll counties, teaching for 32 years at area schools, including Pillow Academy, East Elementary School and J.Z. George High School, where she also taught speech and from which she retired.

She was respectful of each of her students and expected respect in return. She hoped to impart a love of learning to all. Many former students often greeted her with praise and gratitude as a favorite teacher. An intelligent, fair-minded, strong wife, mother and good friend to many, Kim enjoyed keeping up with current events and politics, which she liked to discuss.

Most dear to her heart were her large extended family, husband Bill, two children and five grandchildren, who called her K.K. and were her great joy. She loved visiting and playing with them as often as possible.

Kim, as she was known to friends and family, was the daughter of Ben F. and Lilly Loyce Bell Horan. She was born in Bourne, Massachusetts, where her father was stationed in the Air Force. After completing his service, the Horans returned to Water Valley, where Kim grew up, the only girl of six children. She attended Water Valley schools and, after graduating from high school, attended the University of Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in English and secondary education.

After teaching one year in Horn Lake, Kim moved to Greenwood to teach English at Pillow Academy, where she served as cheerleader sponsor. The theatre was one of her passions, and she performed many leading and supporting roles at Greenwood Little Theatre, where she met her husband of 38 years, William “Bill” Bruner.

Kim was a faithful Christian and member of the West President Church of Christ, where she taught classes and worked on World Bible School.

Another of her passions was gardening. She was a member of Greenwood Garden Club and served as treasurer. She also had many good times playing Bunko with a special group of friends.

Survivors include her husband, William Bruner; son Nathan (Kim) of Dawsonville, Georgia; their children, Emma Kathryn, Nolan William and Allyson Elizabeth; daughter Whitney Bruner Morgan of Madison, and her children Pierce McLane and Carson Grace Morgan; her parents, Ben F. and Lilly Loyce Horan of Water Valley; her brothers, Michael Horan (Patsy) of Hattiesburg, Brennan Horan (Leslie) of Horn Lake, Clay Horan (Debbie) of Como, Kevin Horan (Clarissa) of Grenada and Sean Horan (Melissa) of Denver, Colorado; and 19 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnybrook Children’s Home, P.O. Box 4871, Jackson, MS 39296.

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