Flora Bonds, surrounded by her family, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church, 411 N. Warren Ave. in Winslow, with Reverend Steven Garnett officiating. Interment will be at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow. A repast is planned following the funeral services at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ at the corner of Fourth and Pope in Winslow.
She was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Kelly, La., to her late parents, Thomas and Doretha Wooten. She was one of seven children born in this union. Five of her siblings have preceded her in death, Rosetta, Olivia, Herman, Ernest and Thomas Jr.
On Dec. 20, 1938, in Kelly, Flora was united in holy matrimony to the late Isaac Whitney Bonds Sr. Flora and Isaac started their beautiful family in McNary, and then settled in Winslow sometime in the late 1940s. They built a beautiful life together, raising six children, and they helped to build the St. Paul AME Church of Winslow. Isaac preceded Flora in death when he was called home to be with the Lord on Oct. 6, 2000.
Flora accepted Christ in her life at an early age. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and Stewardess in the St. Paul AME Church, where she served in several capacities for over 60 years. “Mother Bonds,” as she was affectionately called, enjoyed working with the children of the church. She was the producer and director of dramatic church plays presented at Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas, all celebrating the life of Christ, who was always the center of her life.
She worked in many different auxiliaries in the church such as mission societies, Stewardess Board and the trustee board. In her earlier years she was an active member of both the Eastern Star and the Elks Lodge.
Flora enjoyed cooking for her family, socializing with friends and playing Bingo. She loved people, and opened her door and heart to many people in need.
She was known for her radiant smile that could light up any room and her great sense of humor. Her magnificent beauty was seen both inside and out. She had an unmatched style and sophistication all her own.
Flora was also known as one of God’s precious prayer warriors. People enjoyed hearing her melodious sweet voice taking upward flight to reach the throne of grace in church services.
Flora’s beauty was handed down to her children who survive her in death, Roberta Lee Tinsley (the late Jim Tinsley), Dorothy B. Bailey (Wallace Bailey), Annie Ruth Thompson (Samuel Thompson), Isaac W. Bonds Jr. (Yvonne Bonds), Barbara J. Rodgers (J.B. Rodgers) and Bernestine Smith (J.Alfred Smith Sr.). She is also survived by her sister, Betty Wooten, and her brother-in-law, Leonard Williams (Yvonne Williams). Flora was blessed to also be survived by 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of other relatives and dear friends.
Floras family would like to extend special acknowledgment to the families of her dearest and closest friends who have preceded her in death, Leola Renfro, Lenice Mayberry, Christina Hanna and Ruby Williams.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.