was born June 15, 1931 in Luxora, Arkansas. On Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 9:0pm he slipped quietly away and accepted his call to return to his Lord and Savior. In 1947 Nathaniel moved to Gary, IN and later united with Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. He proudly earned his diploma with the Roosevelt High School Class of 1951. Nathaniel worked for U.S. Steel and attended Indiana University Extension. He joined the Air Force where he graduated from Radio Operator School. Nathaniel was honorably discharged in December of 1955. In 1957, he was called to the gospel ministry and was licensed to preach. After his calling, he formed a Christian mission in April of 1960. On August 1, 1961, the Christian Mission was organized into Mt. Horeb M.B. Church. On August 13, 1961 Rev. Nathaniel Bonds was officially installed as pastor. Rev. Nathaniel Bonds earned an Associate Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Calumet College of St. Joseph. He helped to organize West Side Community Council; initiated the organizing of the fellowship Baptist Ministers Council; held office as Moderator of the Indiana Brotherhood M.B. District Association; served in the capacity as Auditor, Corresponding Secretary, General State Congress President, President of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Indiana, Inc. and held the title of Pastor at Mt. Horeb M.B. Church for more than 50 years. Pastor Emeritus Nathaniel Bonds never met a stranger and had a genuine love and concern for everyone he met. He was preceded in death by his father A.B. Bonds and his mother Lillian B. Cooper. He leaves to cherish his memories loving, faithful and devoted wife Shirley I. Bonds, son Nathaniel Bonds Jr., daughter and caregiver Fernanda M. (Rev. David) Edwards all of Gary, IN; one brother L.Z. Bonds of Waukegan, Il; 5 grandchildren Natalie, Nathaniel Bonds III, and Jeremy Bonds all of Detroit, MI; Domonic (Nikki) Edwards and Davonna Edwards, all of Gary, IN; great grandchild SageSarai Edwards of Gary, IN; 3 aunts Eldora (Earnest) Easton, Maggie (Sam) Wiley, and Savannah James all of Gary, IN; 5 nieces and 7 nephews; special friends Robert and Sarah Wiley of Gary, daughter-in-law Rosie Bonds of Detroit, MI; Mount Horeb Church Family; a host of adopted children, adopted grandchildren, cousins, family and friends that are too numerous to name but you know who you are. Visitation Friday, May 5, 2017 12Noon-8:00pm, Family hours 6:8:00pm Mt. Horeb M.B. Church, 456 Hamlin Street. Homegoing Services Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00am at the Morning Star M.B. Church, 2057 Kentucky St. Pastor David Edwards, Officiating. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery
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Published in Post-Tribune on May 3, 2017.