Leonard Bond


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Obituary of Elder Leonard Bond

  McLeansboro Times -  March 17, 1910

    LEONARD BOND, Treasurer of Hamilton County, died at his home in this city Tuesday night, March 8, aged 67 years. Mr. Bond had been ill but a few days and his death came as a shock to his relatives and friends. The funeral will be held from Blooming Grove church at 10 o'clock this morning, and interment will be in the Blooming Grove cemetery. We will publish a suitable obituary next week..

McLeansboro Times - March 24, 1910

    Elder LEONARD BOND was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, August 24, 1842.

    He professed a hope in Jesus on Saturday night before the 4th Sunday in September, 1859, and the next day baptized into the fellowship of Blooming Grove Baptist church by Eld. J.B. Smith. He was married to SERENA HENSLEY February 5, 1862. To this union 8 children have been born, viz. Mary Eldora, now Mrs. J.D. Hooker; John E.; Flora, now Mrs. Dug Garrison; Harry S.; Nevada, now Mrs. Sam Witter; Dauson L.; Effie, now Mrs. Frank McLain and one died in infancy.

    He was an ordained deacon of this church and served in that capacity well for many years. He was licensed to preach on the 3rd Saturday in November, 1879, and was ordained to the full work of the ministry April 15, 1881. Presbytery consisted of

    Elds. H.P. Cravens, J.B. Smith, W.H. Camer and R.G. Echols. He was pastor of a few churches and conducted some fine meetings until declining health caused him to give up the active work of ministry, but always had an interest in the work, and told his wife just a few days ago, he wished he could hold one more good meeting before leaving the world.

    He has been twice Treasurer of Hamilton county, besides being Treasurer of his township for a number of years, and one of his chief regrets was that he would not live to fill out his present term of office.

    He fell asleep Tuesday evening at 11:05 p.m., March 8, 1910; aged 67 years, 6 months and 14 days. He leaves a devoted wife, with whom he has lived happily for more than 48 years, 7 children, who were devoted to their father, two brothers, Wilburn and Riley, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Moore. He leaves a number of grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to regret his leaving us. All join in saying, A good man has left us.  We had no good men that we felt willing to spare. He has made mistakes no doubt, but they were of the head and not the heart.

    He was one of the honest men of this generation.

Brother, thou art gone, we feel thy lose
Humbly would we bow, lest thy cross
Dear father, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel,  
But it is God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet we hope again to meet thee
When the day of life is fled.
When in Heaven in joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
We will sadly miss you father,
Your voice so sweet and dear
Those welcome, but limping footsteps
We never more shall hear.
We know we loved you dearly
But Jesus loves you best
And in his tender mercy
Has called you home to rest.
Fairwell, fairwell, on earth we meet no more
Fairwell, fairwell, we meet on Cannan's shore.

     Funeral services conducted by Eld. George Henson, to a large and sympathizing congregation.

    The music was good, furnished by Blooming Grove choir. Lesson read
by Eld. John Maulding. Benediction by Eld. James M. Daily.

                                                                          J.D. Hooker

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