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Luther G. Bond, II, 1944-1989

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Luther G. Bond, II, was born May 25, 1944 to Joy Mitchell and Luther Grant Bond Sr. He graduated from Baltimore City College, attended Morgan State College, graduated from Ferrum College in 1981, and attended Duke Divinity School for two years. Luther lived his life passionately and intensely; each day full of hope and determination. Luther was a private man, not given to grandiose displays of affection and emotion; but he was a deeply loving man. His heart was his family, his friends, his parishioners, and his dedication and devotion to the work of God. Luther brought the Word of God in such a way that all who heard could understand that, regardless of age, creed, color, background, and the intense issue of family and society, they were one under God. 

Luther served two appointments. His first appointment was at Jackson Street United Methodist Church in Lynchburg where he served for a little over a year. He was then appointed to the Smith Mountain Charge which consisted of Halesford, Mt. Zion, and New Ridgeway United Methodist churches. New Ridgeway was aptly named for, under his leadership, a new structure was built. 

During his ministry, his concern for the survival of the black church led him to attempt to establish a black church in the Danville District which was to be called Hosier United Methodist Church. Even though this church did not become a reality, he remained driven by his love and compassion for the black people as well as the church and the concept of the strength of the black church. Luther loved music and this love continued in his activities with the church choirs, free piano lessons, free guitar lessons, and inspirational broadcasts over local radio stations. He also published articles for the Franklin County New Post, published and printed a regular newsletter for each of his churches; he served as creative consultant to JLU-ROB Enterprises, an entertainment theater production company, as well as music composer for 1MB Communication. 

Luther is survived by his father, Luther G. Bond Sr.; his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Amelia Parker Bond; four daughters, Miss Yolana N. Bond, Mrs. Melanie B. Johnson, Miss Judith A. Bond, and Miss Allyson J. Bond; a granddaughter, Bernadette A. Johnson; a brother, Dr. Louis G. Bond; a sister, Miss Monica P. Bond; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Nellie D. Parker; a son-in-law, Jerry N. Johnson; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frances P. Barksdale; and a brother-in-law, Benjamin Barksdale; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Luther Bond died May 9,1989. He was eulogized at the New Ridgeway United Methodist Church May 12 by his friend and brother, the Rev. Carl B. Hutcherson Jr. He shall be missed. 

-Carl B. Hutcherson Jr.



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