Rev. Nathaniel Bonds Sr.
1931 - 2017
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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.
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April 27, 2019
Your legacy lives on through your family!
Willie Buxton
May 6, 2017
To: Rev. And Sis. Fernanda Edwards, Sis. Shirley Bonds, Domonic, Devanna and Sage. You all took very good care of Rev. Bonds during his illness and that's a blessing. Even little Sage did her part, bless her heart, she loved her Great-Grandad and even though she's very young I know she will never forget him. She was always right by her Grandma and Grandad's side helping them to help Rev. Bonds. Domonic and Devonna and Emily helping out, everyone working together, that's love. I will always cherish my memories of Rev. Bonds. He was a very sweet Humble man. He always made sure my Mom and sister, Sis. Darlene Thompson and Crystal were taken care of during the conventions. Not only them but everyone else also, the Gary Twins and others, they were a traveling church caravan traveling to the State and Natonal Coventions, and he always took pictures to capture the moments; I know he has a great history photo album. He took care of the youth also, the Flemming Sisters, the Curries and others. I had my share also riding in the Great Suburban. He set high Christ like Christian morals for us to follow. He was a good example of a good man. I will never foget him.
Rolanda King
May 5, 2017
Words are not sufficient but GOD's GRACE is... I love your family and my prayers are with you.
Carolyn Taliaferro
May 5, 2017
To the Bonds family,
My prayers are with you all during your time of bereavement. I thank God for the memories shared between our families. Rev. Bonds was always smiling, kind, and gentle even when correcting us which was rare. I pray that his memories and the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit comfort and sustain you.
Love,
"Noody"
Elizabeth Woods
May 5, 2017
May the Lord grant you comfort, peace, and wonderful memories of the Rev. Nathaniel Bonds Sr...
Anonymous
May 5, 2017
Nathaniel my dear Reverend cousin. I'm incapasitated at this time. Sorry I can't be with you all but being my mother's son you've always had a special place in my heart.
Shirley Ann
Family
May 5, 2017
Thank GOD that Rev Nathaniel Bonds, my first cousin, walked upright before the Lord as an prime example of Christianity.
Deborah Francis Mitchell
Family
May 5, 2017
Cousin Nathaniel's life was the epitome of holiness and righteousness. I'm so proud that he lived his life for Christ. Rest in Jesus.
Diana Duncan
Family
May 5, 2017
A very dedicated and loyal leader for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Indiana, Inc.
Powerful and Anointed Preacher of the Gospel.
Grateful to GOD for HIS Servant. #Reverend Bonds
Kimberly Hinton
May 5, 2017
My deepest sympathies for your loss, May the God of all comfort bring your family peace . Romans 12:12
May 4, 2017
CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE BARNES FAMILY AS WELL AS THE CHURCH FAMILY. REVEREND BARNES WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. HE MADE A GREAT IMPACT ON MANY LIVES,AS WELL AS MINE.I AM PRAYING FOR ALL.
Brenda Hughes
May 4, 2017
My condolences to my family. Be strengthened and comforted by or God. You all are in my thoughts and prayers continuously. Blessings, love you all!
Varonda Williams
May 3, 2017
Willie Buxton
May 3, 2017
Please know that I am praying for the family of Rev. Bonds. I love my niece and two nephews ( Natalie, Man, and Jeremy) therefore I love the entire bonds family.
Willie Mae Buxton
May 3, 2017
May God's Divine Order of Peace and comfort be with you all in the hour of your loss.
Morris Travis
May 3, 2017
Praying for the family and all the many lives he touched. So sorry for your loss.
RayShonda Smith
May 3, 2017
My former Pastor, whom I've learned so much from. He baptized me and that was wonderful. A very heartfelt and supportive man. My God bless the family and know I will continue to pray for you all.
Willa Ivey
May 3, 2017
R I H REV. BOND!
Angel Taylor
May 3, 2017
From Marquita S. Taylor & Martell D. Taylor
May 3, 2017
To the family of Rev. Bonds you all have my deepest sympathy in lost of your love one..... Rev. Bonds has truely been a great man of God, father, grandfather to many, unclle, friend..... Yes he met no strangers , he had that loving personlity that was unmeasurable...May the Lord give peace and comfort the broken hearts..
Alexis Taylor
May 3, 2017
May God Continue To Bless And Comfort Each Of You, To The Bonds And Edwards Family. We Are Praying For You, Much Love, The McGhee And Harris Family.
Priscilla Harris
May 3, 2017
To a Man of God that I loved SO much.He was such a sweet person and kind. The world has lost a Great Soldier but God needed HIS faithful and Committed Vessel.We will see each other again President Bonds. Family, God will take care of each of you just keep leaning on HIM in this time of your loss. Love to you ALL.
Quida Terry
May 3, 2017
"With Deepest Sympathy"
Sebrena Cohen
May 3, 2017
"May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time."
Sebrena Cohen
May 3, 2017
Another soldier gone home! Rev. Bonds would say at the end of his sermons, if you don't see me no more I'll be in bright Glory up there.He will be greatly missed. God has given him a glorified body and he is in the presence of the Lord.I pray for the family's strength and peace and know that we love you all.
Bartolo & Frances Resto
May 3, 2017
Words can not express how much this God loving man meant to myself and my husband, Fifteen years ago he married John and I and he meant the world to my entire family....He will be truly missed and loved by many. So with that being said Rest In Heaven you will always have a special place in our hearts forever. Gone but will never be forgotten....
John/Pat Rivera
May 3, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Rev Bonds was a staple in our family. May God Bless the family at their time of sorrow.
Kathleen Anderson
May 3, 2017
I was sadden to hear of the home going of Rev. Nathaniel Bonds Sr. It was a joy and blessing to know and serve under his leadership. He was humble and carried a contagious smile. God knew HIS servant needed rest, and opened HIS to receive him. Keep the faith family, and look forward to meeting your love one in /on "That Great Getting Up Morning."

Much Love and many prayers!
Carrie Crowe
May 3, 2017
To The Bond's Family My Deeps Condolence
philippa rogers
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