The Daily Southerner
FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Lyn Bond, Jr., 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 12, 2012, with his dear friend Mary Francis Cutter by his side after battling several months with illness brought on by a fall. His close family and friends spent many hours by his side encouraging him through his battle and sharing memories of the many good times throughout his life.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. on Friday, October 19 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road Charlotte, N.C. 28207, where he was a member for many decades. Immediately following the service the family will receive friends at a reception at the church.
Lyn was born in Tarboro, N.C. on October 14, 1927, the son of Mr. Lyn Bond and Mrs. Ruth Waters Bond. Lyn attended High School and graduated from Georgia Military Academy (now Woodruff Academy) at age 16 in 1944. He was awarded a football scholarship to North Carolina State University in 1944. At age 17, he joined the Navy, and Naval Academy coaches obtained for him a football scholarship to the University of Kansas in 1946. In his humility, he loved to admit that he played football “during the week” but not on Saturdays’, meaning he practiced more than he played in games. Lyn entered UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 1947, and received his AB in 1950 and his LLB/JD in Law in 1953.
Lyn joined the Firm of Whitlock, Dockery, Ruff and Perry (now Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune, L.L.P.) in Charlotte, N.C. in 1954, and has continuously been with the firm until his retirement just a few years ago. His practice was in a variety of fields with emphasis on estate planning, estate administration and residential and commercial real estate. He also handled income, gift, and estate tax matters. Lyn was influenced in his practice of law by the attitudes of his grandfather, William Marion Bond (long-time Superior Court Judge from Edenton), and his father (who practiced in Tarboro). Their approach, adopted by Lyn, was for financial reward to be always secondary to completing the task at hand and helping those in need.
Lyn was an extraordinary athlete and an accomplished life guard, swimmer, and wrestler. He also had a passion for refereeing, and through an effort maintained through today with his law firm, he and others of the firm were regular participants in officiating high school games.
Lyn moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 1953 where he was an active member of his church and an avid golfer at Charlotte Country club. Lyn married the love of his life, Lee Newby Bond, in April of 1964 and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Throughout the years he brought joy to many lives with his fun loving nature and his well known trumpet. Lyn was known for breaking out his trumpet whether at home, at the lake, or in public restaurants that he felt would benefit from some “livening up”. He also played in the band called the “Filthy Five” and was a regular with his trumpet for many years at the Moravian Church’s Christmas Eve Service that was a family tradition. Lyn was happiest when around his close family and friends, and called his children his “best friends”.
He was also an avid boater and salt-water fisherman, having spent more than fifty years with his family at their ocean front cottage in Nags Head, N.C. on the Outer Banks. He was a generous man always ready with a smile or with grace no matter what bit of mischief his kids got into. He was a loving man, slow to anger and kind in helping those that needed his help through his law practice or otherwise. “Captain Bond” may be most remembered for the many years of boating fun on Lake Norman, aboard his precious LeeLyn (renamed the “ButterBean” after Lee’s passing). Many a summer day was spent with the boat crowd playing his trumpet and sitting on the boat enjoying fun and fellowship with his friends and family. No one could belt out the folk classic “ButterBeans” like Lyn could, whether singing or playing his trumpet, and the smiles he generated in his lifetime will last many lifetimes in the future.
Mr. Bond is survived by his sister, Ruth Conger, his children, George Bond, Parker Huneycutt and Robert Bond, and his four grandchildren, Olivia, Blake, J.D., and Noah. He was preceded in death by his wife Lee Newby Bond and his brother Edward G. Bond, M.D.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church at 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 or www.mpumc.org in his honour. Arrangements are in the care of Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207.
Please share condolences online at by signing the guest book on his CaringBridge site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/LynBond.