William James "Billy" Bond Sr.

1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
William James "Billy" Bond Sr. Obituary
William James "Billy" Bond Sr. had an infinite love of life and enjoyed it to the fullest either sitting on the bank of Lake Cloverdale or hunting in West Texas. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, he packed his bag, shouldered his rod and reel and shotgun and departed to meet the Lord. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Bryce Avenue All Saints Episcopal Church, 4629 Bryce Ave., Fort Worth. Memorials: The family requests that memorials be sent to Bryce Avenue All Saints Episcopal Church, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, -North Central Texas Chapter or the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Billy was born in Fort Worth on Sept. 8, 1926, to Joe John and Melissa Bond. He attended public school in Fort Worth, graduating from Arlington Heights in 1944. He enrolled in Virginia Military Institute in 1944 as a proud member of the class of 1948A. In 1945, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in the South Pacific in the Philippines and Korea as a sergeant in the Corps of Engineers. Later he sought and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After discharge he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, where he did undergraduate and graduate work in business administration. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was with General Dynamics for 40 years where he was in engineering personnel services with primary responsibility for engineering personnel staffing. He represented the corporation at the University of Texas where he was responsible for all college relations activities. The Southwest Placement Association made him a life member for his support of college recruitment activities. He retired from General Dynamics in 1990. The years following his retirement he had almost equaled his service with General Dynamics. He and his wife, Betty, shared 60 years of blissful marriage. He loved playing tennis and was a member of the Saturday Tennis Group. There were family vacations and were fortunate to have a heritage in ranching with properties in West and Northeast Texas, where they spent frequent weekends. He was a member of River Crest Country Club and a former officer and member of the Steeplechase Club. Survivors: His wife, Betty Bond; children, Beth and Will Bond; daughter-in-law, Jean Bond; grandson, William Seth Lopez; and great-granddaughters, Kaity Bond and Lilian London.
Published in Star-Telegram from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2014
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