BOND-KARAVATOS, Lillian Ruth beloved wife, mother, and friend, known to all as Lil, died September 22, 2021 at the Suncoast Hospice Center in Palm Harbor. She was 81. She had lived in the area for 41 years. Lil was born Lillian Ruth Fullerton in Harrison, AR in 1940 to Lewis Robert and Lilly Edith (Wallis) Fullerton. The family later settled in Leonard, TX. Lil had two older sisters, Mary Ellen and Marcella, and a brother, Cecil. Her father was a railroad mechanic until a train passenger handed him a Bible one day and said "read this, I think it will change your life." Lewis read it and decided to dedicate his life to preaching God's word. Lil often talked about accompanying him as a child to the revival tents where her father preached. She developed a steadfast faith and would remain a Christian throughout her life. Lil graduated from Leonard High School in 1958, after being voted "friendliest" by her classmates due to her sunny demeanor. She earned the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award, setting in motion a lifelong love of cooking and eating great food. After working in Dallas for five years and pursuing a degree in interior design, she married James H. Bond on December 2, 1963. They had three daughters, Stacy Le'Ann, Jamy Kendall, and Shelby Lyn. In 1983, Lil transitioned to being a single, working mother, serving as a legal receptionist while remaining an active community member and dedicated parent. In 2001, she traveled with Jamy to Mozambique to visit Shelby, who was serving there as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lil married William P. Karavatos on December 9, 2006. He was her devoted husband, loyal friend, and loving caretaker for 15 years. Lil was a lifelong member of the church of Christ. She had a beautiful voice and loved singing church hymns. She was an excellent painter, dancer, seamstress, writer, storyteller, decorator and homemaker. She weathered life's difficulties, including the death of her youngest daughter, with resolve and grace. Lil is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughters, Stacy and Jamy; and her loving grandchildren, Silas and Kendall. A memorial will be held at the Northwest Tampa Church of Christ on January 15, 2022 at 11:30 am.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2021.