Neil Ray Bond, 82, of Shiloh, passed away January 16, 2017 in Groesbeck, Texas. Funeral services will be 10 AM, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery. Joe Roark, David Knight, Eddy Plummer, Bill Beene, Michael Oliver and Dan Beene will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Wallace, Moe Litton, Fred Reagan, Glen Shoemaker and Benny Lucas.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Neil was born October 27, 1934 in Coolidge, Texas to Homer and Zula Anders Bond. After graduating from Mexia High School, he continued his education, graduating from Sam Houston State University with a BA Degree and receiving his Teacher/Administration certification from Texas A&M. He also served his country in the US Army. Neil married the love of his life and best friend, Mary New, on February 21, 1953.

Neil retired from Bridge City ISD, after 35 years of service as Assistant Superintendent of Finance. During this time, he received numerous awards, including TASBO School Business Official of the Year. He served as Limestone County School Superintendent, 1961-1964. Neil, also, served as a minister for 55 years with the last 30 years serving as Pastor of the Fallon Church of Christ.

Neil enjoyed visiting with people, he knew no strangers. He was a friend to many and always more than willing to help anyone in need. His love for the Lord, his family and others was exemplified in the way he lived his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Reba Sawyer; and brother, Edwin Plummer.

Neil is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Mary Bond of Shiloh; sons, Ronald Bond of Houston and Brandon Bond of Bridge City; grandsons, Clayton Bond and wife, Jill of Port Neches and Russell Bond of Austin; great grandsons, Hudson and Cole Bond of Port Neches; sister, Patsy McAdams of Grand Prairie; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Cherokee Children’s Home, P. O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832 or Mexia Academic Award Program, P. O. Box 534, Mexia, TX 76667.