Behind every scholarship is an inspiring life story as is the case of the new Bonnie M. Chappell Memorial Scholarships. Bonnie M. Chappell passed away at 93, having lived a full life that didn’t start out on the most uplifting note. Born in Wilkes County, she was the last of five births. Her mother was struck by lightning when Bonnie was less than a week old and her mother died within the year. Her grandmother, who was of limited means, agreed to take her in and raise her.