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Digging Deeper: Jon Bonsall
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BASICS
Name:  Joseph S. Bonsall (or Joe, Honey, Joey, Ban-Joey, Daddy, PopPop, one “of the”… I answer to ALL)
Birthday:  May 18, 1948
Family:  Wife, Mary Ann; daughters, Sabrina and Jennifer; hard-working sons-in-law, Mark and Dan and grandchildren, Breanne (16) and Luke (12)
Hometown:  Born in Philadelphia...have lived in Middle Tennessee since 1973
What I Do:  Sanger, writer, half-baked banjo player
Websites:  josephsbonsall.com / oakridgeboys.com

FAVES
Bible Verse:  John 3:16, Phil 4:13, Psalms 33:3
Song:  “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” “I Love To Tell the Story,” “Never Hurts To Hurt”
Movie:  The Godfather, Saving Private Ryan
TV Show:  “The Closer”
Magazine:  Sports Illustrated, National Review, Macworld and Banjo Newsletter
Leisure Activity:  Working on my farm and picking banjo

 

FINISH THESE SENTENCES

My idea of true happiness is...
being surrounded by family.

If I were given a million dollars to spend frivolously...
Frivolously? I’d build a new house on a hill at my farm…and buy more guns and banjos!


I was never more afraid than when...
I almost drowned as a kid.

The greatest miracle I have ever witnessed or experienced was...
BIRTH!


The hardest I ever laughed was...
Too hard to answer—I laugh every day. My tongue is ALWAYS firmly implanted in my cheek.

If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be...
It would take a burning bush experience to drag me away from Middle Tennessee!


The worst trouble I ever got into when I was a child was...

gang fights and coming home bleeding. I once also got arrested for breaking a store window with a brick.

God first became a reality in my life...
at age 15 when I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as a personal Savior. I really needed that change!


I would like my epitaph to say...
He loved his family and his God…the land, his banjo and the Oak Ridge Boys.

To me, a perfect day would be...
to wake up early, take a long walk, sit by the creek and pick a little banjo, then dinner with family, umm…then watch a Phillies game.


The best advice I ever received was...
“You can be anything you want to be if you honor God, tell the truth and work your behind off... that is what America is all about; and many guys like your father paid the price and sacrificed so that you can do just that!” — from my mom, Lillie Bonsall

My favorite sound of all is...
birds singing.


If I could pick my “last meal” it would be...
a great steak cooked medium rare, some freshly caught tuna sashimi and a New York PIZZA!

My best quality and my worst quality are...
Best? I am a good friend. Worst? I can be a bit bull-headed and set in my ways.


My motto for life is…
See my mother’s advice above!