Larry Bond

May 16, 1946 - August 12, 2008

Larry Bond, age 62, of Allen, Texas, passed away August 12, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. He was born May 16, 1946, in Hillsboro, Texas, the son of A. Sidney and Johnnie (Yarbrough) Bond. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Texas in Denton where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. On October 23, 1993, he married Bess E. Shepley in Allen, Texas. Larry was a manufacturer's sales representative for Best Home Furnishings for nineteen years and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Allen, TX. Larry was a loving husband, provider and a father without equal. He lives on through the love he gave and the lessons he taught. He is survived by his loving wife of fourteen years, Bess; son and best friend, Erik Lawrence Bond and his wife, Julie of Allen, TX; step-children, DJ & Karla Decker of Frisco, TX, Debbie Decker of Katy, TX, and Connie & Kevin Goldsberry of Allen, TX; grandsons, Chase and Cooper Goldsberry and Preston and Jonathan Decker; brother, George Bond and his wife Ethelyn of Evanston, IL; nephew, Kevin and Juliet Bond of Evanston, IL and niece, Elizabeth and Chris Mendez of Edgewater, CO; and great-nieces and nephews, Jacob, Casey, Lilly and Mira. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends during a visitation at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, TX on Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2008, at Ridgeview Memorial Park with Rev. Cammy Gaston and Rev. Bryan McPherson officiating. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Allen. Memorials in Larry’s memory may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 S. Greenville, Allen, TX 75002 or Living Foundation at Medical City Transplant, 7777 Forest Lane, Ste C-750, Dallas, TX 75230.

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Dear Bond Family, I was so sorry to hear of Larry's death. Larry was unfailingly kind and generous. Stephen B. Forsey, September 16, 2008 What a great guy. He will be greatly missed. If i was having a bad day and ran into Larry, the day got better. A true gentleman and pro. I was lucky to know him. He will not be forgottened. John Pinion, August 30, 2008 Memories of Larry: I remember him as a great part of my growing up years when he was dating my older sister. An annoying little brother, always under foot was met with outlandish humour, his totally engaging vibrato laugh and his ability to find jocular irony in almost any situation. He laughed and made others around him laugh. I also remember his love of Christmas music in July and August (which everyone would groan over) and when those months come around, always remember this wonderful "quirk" of his (and have been know to pop on a rendition of 'Jingle Bells' myself at that time - another influence, probably). I also remember with pride, finally having a way to acknowledge him as a brother (even though he had already graduated) in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity as I grew older and went to college. Even after moving to Canada over 30 years ago and mostly loosing touch, I always remembered him as a bright light of laughter and affection and cherished the memory. I know I will continue to do so in the future. Carl Alvin Patmore, August 29, 2008 Bess, I am so sorry to hear about your husband Larry. I did not know him personally, but remember seeing him around the church many times. My thoughts, and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Belinda L Smith, August 25, 2008 Bess, On behalf of Myself, Mary and the kids we send you our deepest condolences. I had the priviledge to spend many markets telling stories with Larry. His wit, charm and sense of humor I will never forget. Larry said I reminded him of Todd from Saturday Night Live. So whenever he saw me he said, Toddd. Which sounded like a wounded duck. I will miss him. Todd Howard O'Neil, August 19, 2008 I have to smile when I recall the first time I came to know Larry. I hosted a factory tour for he and group of East Texas dealers. Larry was full of humor and wit and his dealers treated him with genuine affection. In the course of that tour I gained an appreciation for how Larry was both talented and kind. His unique style helped be understand there is no single mold for an effective sales professional. We all share the sadness of Larry's passing but we will always share a smile when we often think of him in the future. Stuart Curtis, August 19, 2008 Dear Bess & Family, What I remember best about Larry was the first time that he came up to me and welcomed me to the sales force. I really felt his sincerity in welcoming me aboard. I really wish I had, had more opportunities to spend time with him, but what little time I did spend talking to him about our individual past travel experiences in the Texas territory, I will cherish forever. My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. God bless you. Paul Anderson Harrison Paul Anderson, II, August 19, 2008 Larry always knew how to make you smile! His passion and love of his work made it impossible to not want to be around him! I learned alot about the business from him, and I will always appreciate his teachings! Jeff Higgins, August 19, 2008 Bess and Family, Ron and I so enjoyed sharing "Westie" stories with you all. Larry had the ability to make me feel like we'd been friends forever. What a smile! You are special warm and gracious. We deeply regret your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Ron and Lisa Swick (Posh and Prada!) Lisa Swick, August 18, 2008 From your friends and family at Tres Chic Salon, Bess you are in our thoughts and prayers. Janeanne McSweeney, August 17, 2008 Bess, I send you my most heart felt condolences. Larry was a kind, gentle, and true gentleman. He sought me out at my first market with Best to welcome me. What I appreciated most about this was that he was so sincere, it was not just a gesture it was who he was. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Rob Shaak, August 17, 2008 Bess, you know how much I care for you and Larry. Larry and I became immediate friends when he joined with Best over 20 years ago. Larry and I both graduated from UNT in Denton and joined different fraternities there. We spent much more time remembering old times in Denton, family and world events than furniture. Larry loved his family. With Larry's son Eric and two of my sons attending UNT, we had plenty of notes to compare. Larry was very proud of every member of his family. I consider Larry and you, Bess, my friends. I will miss Larry. Jim Smith, August 16, 2008 Bess, Most markets, Larry would sit with me and we would have our visit. We would talk about wives, kids, certainly business, politics, cars, houses, whatever, and our individual views of life. Larry liked to ask "What would you do if...". Most people would just consider it conversation. Larry would remember everything we discussed in those conversations, often reminding me of something I had said many, many months before. He was carefully exposing personality and character in a subtle and most interesting way. He taught me powers of observation with this simple little exercise of drawing someone into a conversation. He was truly a master at engaging others in a thought process. That's one reason why he was such a great salesman and such a great friend. To those us who spoke with him after learning he was on a transplant list, he sounded strong and ready to meet the inevitable head on. I could only hope if faced with the same situation, I could handle it with the dignity that Larry demonstrated. Bess, we love you and want to help you press ahead. dan hart dan hart, August 15, 2008 Dear Bess: Dianne and I extend our sincere condolences to you and your family at Larry's passing. We admire the way you and Larry were a real team. Your support for him was unending and has set an example for us all. In the days ahead we wish for you the peace that only hope in the Savior Jesus Christ can bring. The Resurrection and the promise of life eternal are real things that He has provided for us all. May you and your family find peace at this time and know that we will be thinking and praying for you. Our Best Wishes. Les and Dianne Feil Les Feil, August 15, 2008 Dear Bess, My heart goes out to you. You and Larry were always a highlight of the High Point Market for me. Both of you always express such kindness and grace. I enjoyed all my talks with Larry. He always gave me his full attention and whatever we talked about(children, clothes, not being able to sleep!)he made you feel it was very important. Larry was a sweet man. Bess you are in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Love, Beth Gentry Beth Gentry, August 15, 2008 Bess, My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this very sad time in your life. Larry was a great man who I always enjoyed working with. He will be greatly missed by all of us. God Bless You and Your Family. Pat Heilers, August 15, 2008 I feel fortunate as Larry was my friend for over 15 years. His friendship, professionalism, humor and caring nature never wavered. He had a wonderful, calmimg effect on everyone he met. He will be missed by his friends and everyone he touched in the furniture industry. Phil Devero, August 15, 2008 Bess,I will miss Larry and the quick smile he so often displayed. He cared for the employees in each of our Haverty Furniture Stores and was always available to help someone in need. Larry will be missed by all of his friends at Havertys. John Gill, August 15, 2008 To the Bond Family, Michael and I share in your sorrow. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts have been with you throughout the past few weeks. May love surround you now and words sustain you. Embrace the hugs to find strength and comfort. Michael’s high school friendship extended over 49 years and I arrived by way of marriage. No matter if we were close at hand or miles apart, this friendship was special—-the May day birthday calls, checking in to say what’s going on, what kind of new car are you driving, how’s business, the children, or just nonsense talk-—because the closeness was ever present. We thank Larry for this and all he was to us. Joyce and Michael Jamison, August 15, 2008 Larry was one of the best sales representative that called on Charter Furniture. He had a great attitude and was always upbeat about life. I will miss my time talking to Larry about the furniture business and his life. Robert Gannon, August 15, 2008 Bess, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. All of us here at Best Chairs Customer Service are very saddened...we will miss Larry very much. So many stores have called in expressing how much they treasured Larry's attention and service. From the various comments we've received, Larry was truly loved and admired for the special person he was. We'll keep you in our prayers. Elaine Begle, August 15, 2008 Bess my hart goes out to you at this time. I am saddened at the loss of a great fiend and comrad. I will miss our phone calls and visits. He has truely inriched my life for having known him. May God bless you and give you peace in the days and years to come. Bob & Debbie Baggett Bob & Debbie Baggett, August 15, 2008 Bess, Jami and I were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing this week. Larry was one of the first reps to welcome me when I started with Best almost eight years ago, and I considered him a good friend. My first High Point market, I met Larry, by chance, at a small breakfast diner down the street from the space and offered to buy him breakfast, to which he accepted. After the meal, I went to the counter to pay, but the diner didn't accept debit cards, only cash, so Larry paid. Later, he reminded me "You know, you owe me five dollars" and we both laughed. I tried to pay him several times over the years, but his response was always the same "I would rather have a Sooner fan owe me". Every time we spoke since, Bondo would always remind me of the five dollars I still owed him. God Bless. Chris Welbourne, August 15, 2008 Erik and Julie: My condolences on the passing of your dad. I remember him as a young vibrant gentleman who treated everyone with love and respect. I recall how happy he was to see friends and family. Be grateful for the years he had on this earth and know he is in a heavenly place where there is no pain, only happiness. Robert and June Aguilar's mom Virginia Aguilar Johanson, August 14, 2008 Erik and Julie: My condolences on the passing of your dad. I remember him as a young vibrant gentleman who treated everyone with love and respect. I recall how happy he was to see friends and family. Be grateful for the years he had on this earth and know he is in a heavenly place where there is no pain, only happiness. Robert and June Aguilar's mom Virginia Aguilar Johanson, August 14, 2008 Bess, I am still in shock at Larry's passing. I wish I could find the words to say how much I will miss him. He was a great friend, mentor and always made me feel like family. The best memories of my life include Larry. He will be missed by so many people. Marshall Cook, August 14, 2008 Bess - Larry was a breath of fresh air whenever he would walk into our store. I was always taught that when you buy a furniture line, half of what you buy is the sales rep., and Larry was one of the best. I will miss his optimistic (and sometimes realistic) predictions of his beloved Mean Green football team. We all will miss him. Our condolences and best wishes are with you and your family. Brett Boatner, August 14, 2008 In 1960, Larry’s brother George, and I, graduated from Hillcrest High School. Therefore, during the late ‘50’s, I spent a lot of time at the Bond’s home. So, I knew Larry first as a “little brother” who often reaped the benefits of being such. But he always maintained a good nature and was a delight to be around….even for us older kids. As time passed, my wife and I would cross paths with Larry in the Dallas area and he always spoke so proudly and lovingly of his family and his profession. Larry was always a “great guy and fun to be with” from early childhood all the way through his adult years and even into grandfather-hood. He will be missed, but…..long remembered. Jerry & Danece Robinson Jerry & Danece Robinson, August 14, 2008 Bess, So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We will miss him dearly. My memories of Larry will be of a great guy who always saw the best in everybody and in every situation. He had such a great attitude and was very kind and caring. It was a pleasure to work with him these past 17 years at Best. We are all better for having Larry in our lives. May God grant you and your family comfort in this very difficult time. Brenda Nord, August 14, 2008 Dear Bess and family, Our hearts are saddened at the loss of Larry. His friendship meant the world to us. We will miss his visits to our store and "Best" will never be the same. Larry's love for you and his family was always evident when we shared stories. May God hold you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Judy Hoffman, August 14, 2008 Dear Bess, I was so sorry to hear about Larry. Please accept my condolences. I always enjoyed our Market talks, and I am happy I sat and rocked on the porch with Larry at French Lick in June. Bill MacDonald, August 14, 2008 I was sorry to learn of Larry's passing this morning. I will miss seeing him in the stores. He was a great rep and competitor, alwas positive and friendly. He was a credit to our industry. Doug Steed, Fairfield Chair Co. J. Douglass Steed, August 14, 2008 Bess I just want to say how sorry I am for the loss of Larry. He was a great guy and you both were always great to talk to. Hopefully we will be able to still talk even if it does not include business as it used to. You and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you the best of luck and just remember Larry will always be looking over you and will always be in your heart. God Bless You and Your family! Amy Persohn, August 14, 2008 Bess, there are no words I can say now that will make the hurt go away, but know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. Larry was a great man and we all could tell his stores loved him, too. I am thankful for the time we all got to spend with you both at the Sales Meeting this summer. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Sincerely, Jenna Brandes Jenna Brandes, August 14, 2008 Larry was such a blessing in our MYF group in high school. He always had a smile on his face, a great sense of humor and was just a dear-hearted friend to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to his family. Donna "Dee" Lynn Garner West, August 14, 2008 Dear Bess, Larry was a wonderful man. I enjoyed our talks at many markets about church....He always made me laugh. God will carry you through this tough time.Larry will live on in hearts that he touched from one side of the West to east of the usa. Bess, your a blessing also. Know that our family and katherine is praying for you. Kim Daryl & Kim Nance, August 14, 2008 I have so many fond memories of Larry in my 13 years at Best. My first was when I was a new hire and went on a plant tour with Larry. He wasn't my rep, but he's was so full of questions about who I was and everything about me. I don't remember much about the tour, because Larry wouldn't quit was quite amusing. He was so kind and gentle...he made me feel at ease with all the strange faces. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the High Point Market. Since Larry did not get many visitors at the space, he and I talked many times during that week. I was impressed at his insight and intelligence. I asked him if he tired of traveling as a sales rep, he said he he looked forward to going out each day and visting his best friends. His stores were so fortunate to have someone who cared so much about them. He was a gem. My greatest memory was last year the number of times he called and checked on my health. I was having chest pressure and pain and he was very concerned about my welfare. He wanted to know what drugs I was taking, what dosage, and what my prognosis was. He said "You know why the call the doctor's job a practice"? "Because they practice on you" Such the kidder with his dry sense of humor, you had to be on your game to get Larry's jokes sometimes, but he was always funny. I will never forget his thoughtfullness and concern for others. He will be rewarded for all the love he gave those he enountered every day....I will miss him always. God bless you Bess and your family. We will always have such wonderful and fond memories of Larry to keep with us until we are all together again. Mary Elizabeth Dauby, August 14, 2008 Bess, I will never forget the first time Larry walked into Best Chairs. I couldn't believe that tall man went with the gentle, yet persuasive, voice I had come to know over the phone. He was certainly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Rosie Scott, August 14, 2008 Dear Bond Family : My condolences on the passing of Larry. In growing up in the furniture business. I've seen many salesman in the past 40 years. An Larry would be at the top. He was always pleasant to work with. Larry always had a smile and had a great personality. He will be greatly missed. Best Chairs not only lost a salesman but lost a good man that was their employee. We will miss him. Wade Miller Wade Miller, August 14, 2008 I remember meeting Larry through a mutual friend while at North Texas and I can smile remembering what a great sense of humor he had. There was always his great smile and friendly attitude towards everyone and the ability to laugh, even at himself, that was so endearing. May he rest in peace and may his friends and family find solace knowing that he is with the Lord. Sandra Lee Magers, August 14, 2008 Bess, I was very sad to hear of Larry's passing. He was truly a gentleman. I always enjoyed visiting (and working) with him when he came in to Havertys...he always had a good attitude. You and your family are in my prayers. Patti Coker, August 14, 2008 Bess, so sad to hear about Larry. He was a very down to earth guy and would not pass any one up to talk to. I feel fortunate to have known him. Phillis Altmeyer Phillis L. Altmeyer, August 14, 2008 Bess, Please accept our deepest sorrow for your loss. Larry was a fine man that obviously loved you with everything he had. You two will always be the "Cutest Couple" from BHFU Class of 2008. Bryan and Tonda Poston Bryan Poston, August 14, 2008 Dear Bess, My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this very sad time in your life. Larry was always such a gentle and kind individual to all who knew him. I will miss his smile and his wonderful sense of humor that always made me laugh. Please know that the love of Christ and His peace will be with you now and forever. Sincerely, Duane and Mae Coshatt Duane P Coshatt, August 14, 2008 In all the years Larry called on us, he never once mentioned his heart condition. At market, he would fly down the aisles touting the new fabrics and specials with Bess not far behind. Larry was truly one of the very best Reps ever to call on us. All of us at Dallas Desk will dearly miss his professionalism and his quiet, low key sense of humor. Dennis Stein, August 14, 2008 Bess, We have many fond memories of Larry. One I recall, with a soft spot in my heart was when I joined you and Larry to visit St. Meinrad Monastery during a Best trip. We were in the VERY quiet church and Larry sneezed very loud. It echoed throughout the vaulted ceiling and the three of us had to stifle our giggles until we could make it outside to really laugh. I know Larry would be laughing with you now, through your tears as he looks down upon you from vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. Allow warm memories to help carry you and your family through the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Bess. Love, Dan and Kathy Kathy Hart, August 14, 2008 I always enjoyed Larrys sense of humor and his friendly personality. He never met a person he didnt like. I know he is good hands now and will be missed by many. Ken Noteware, August 13, 2008 Bess, We are so sorry of the death of Larry. We will miss him so much. We enjoyed both of you guy's company. We have special memories of all the dinners at markets and all the times that you made us feel welcome in your home, all the laughs and all the hugs from him. We love you Ken & Marge Kreilein, August 13, 2008 Dearest Bess, I was heart broken to hear of Larry's passing, please know my prayers are with you and the family- he will be deeply missed in the furniture world and at our store. Marsha King Knight Furniture Company Sherman, Texas Marsha King, August 13, 2008 Dear Bess and Erick, our thought and prayers go out to you at this time,we were very blessed to have had You and Larry as such good friends and partners in our business over the years he was the true meaning of a gentleman and sales rep.So good at what he did!I can remember many times when we first started doing business together Bob trying to run him out of the store telling him "We don't need anything from you today L-Bo(our nickname we gave him)yet he always left with a 2 or 3 page order!!!!Larry will be greatly missed.If there is anything we can do please let us know. Justin and Bobbie Johnson, August 13, 2008 Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time of loss. He was a special person to our store and to SAFBI and will be sorely missed. (Especially at the Vegas Market where we took the Limo from the airport with you and Larry one time) Stan Stan H Pickett, Quality Furniture and SAFBI, August 13, 2008 Bess and family - I was so sorry to hear about Larry. What a special guy he was! Even though I had not visited with him in several years, I will miss knowing that he is here. I remember well that he and I always had the ongoing discussions on the pros/cons of ETSU and NTSU. We always thought he did it backwards - going from the "easy" school to the "hard" school. My prayers will be with you and all of your families. Teresa DuVall, August 13, 2008 What a wonderful person Larry was! I count myself lucky to have known him. Every thought I have of him has a smile attached to it. He will be greatly missed and in my prayers. My heart goes out to his friends, family, and his lovely wife Bess. Douglas Ball, August 13, 2008 Bess, I was very sad to hear of Larry's passing yesterday. I was not aware of his health situation until it was mentioned at the LV market. I had hoped that he would have been able to receive the new heart he needed and be back to work soon. I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers and may you feel the special comfort that God will give you as you go forward in your life. May you feel the peace that is offered by Christ knowing that He is very mindful of you and your family and will help you as you continue on in your life's journey. Sincerely, Leonard Feil Leonard Feil, August 13, 2008 In the six years I have worked at Best Chairs I spoke to Larry on the phone often and see him annually. He was a very nice man who always had a friendly attitude. He will be very missed here by not only me but all the Credit Dept. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Jamie Lee Earley, August 13, 2008 Having Larry only 2 1/2 years was quite an honor. From the golf course to the furniture stores he seemed to have a lot of fun at what he did and this attitude rubbed off on a lot of people. God Bless Larry and the entire family. Brian Partenheimer, August 13, 2008 When I first started with Best Chairs I will always remember Larry taking time to make me feel comfortable as a new Sales Rep. I remember traveling late at night and Larry calling me and asking me how things are going. What a nice sound hearing Larry's voice on a long late nights drive. I will always appriciate what a "kind" man Larry was. Larry will be deeply missed as a friend and a fellow Sales Rep. Keith Thomas Etherington, August 13, 2008