Col Giles Wood Bond Jr. USMC (ret), 68, Brandon, MS
Col. Giles Wood Bond, Jr., USMC (Ret.), 68, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, after finally winning his 11-year battle with cancer.
A Christian burial will take place Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 11 am at the city cemetery in Kosciusko, MS. A full military service is scheduled for 3 pm Thursday on the lawn at Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS, followed by a Celebration of Woody Bond in the sanctuary beginning at 3:30 pm.
The family has requested casual attire for the service and welcome students to come in tie-died shirts and crocs in honor of Mr. Woody.
Born in Hattiesburg, MS, Woody was a graduate of Hattiesburg High School. He received B.S. degrees in history and political science from Mississippi Southern, now known as USM. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
After serving in Vietnam with the 3rd Tank Bn., 3rd Marine Division (Rein) and earning several personal awards for valor, Captain Bond left active duty but continued service in the Marine Corps Reserve. He taught history at Hattiesburg High for one year while earning a graduate degree in history at Southern. He thereafter entered law school at the University of Mississippi.
Upon earning his J.D., Woody accepted a regular commission in the Marine Corps, serving as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and staff judge advocate with tours at Camp LeJeune, NC; Okinawa, Japan; Camp Pendleton, CA; Cherry Point, NC; and Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. In his last active duty assignment, Col. Bond was Deputy Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He retired in 1990.
Woody continued his legal career, joining the U.S. Attorney's office as an AUSA for the Southern District of Mississippi where he prosecuted primarily bank robberies and credit card fraud cases on behalf of the FBI and Secret Service respectively. He also served as deputy chief of the criminal division, overseeing grand jury proceedings and preparation of criminal dockets for cases to be tried in federal court. In 2006, he was presented the Robert E. Hauberg award for outstanding service.
Upon retirement from the government, Woody went into private practice doing contract legal work for various law firms in the Jackson, MS, area. He then began his third career, that of being "Aunt Bea" to his two sweet girls and "Mr. Woody" to all the children of Pinelake Christian School. He could often be found either in the classroom substitute teaching, specializing in dodge ball, PE, and library, or sitting in his convertible in the carpool line enjoying the sunshine, a short nap, or a conversation with the ladies.
Woody is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cherie Gallaspy Bond; his children, Mary Ellouise "Ellie" Bond, a student at Northwest Rankin Middle School, Emma Mercelle Bond, a student at Pinelake Christian School, Adrianna Bond Oatis of Baltimore, Maryland, Kurt Lynn Bond of Miami, Florida, Judd Lee Bond of Martin, Tennessee; and his adopted daughter, Katja Kling Jones of Germany.
Son of Mary Ellen Bond of Kosciusko, MS and the late Giles Woody Bond, Sr. of Hattiesburg, Woody is survived by his brother, Arthur Sanford Bond of Diamondhead, MS; his sister, Barbara Bond Beall of Brandon, MS; and three nephews. Woody has the honor of being the favorite son-in-law of Mac Gallaspy of Kosciusko, MS. He was preceded in death by his father; his brother-in-law, Jim Beall; and his niece, Maura Elizabeth Beall.
In addition to friends and extended family, Woody leaves behind his board of directors: Karen Martin, Gina Morris, Ramona Ozier, Laura Blankenstein, and Beverly Douglas, chairman, all of whom took delight in helping him run his life. His chemo buddy, Cindy Uschmann, has committed to forward march in the constant battle against this dreaded disease called cancer.
Memorials in his memory may be made to Mission First, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205, The Mustard Seed, 1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, MS 39047, or Pinelake Christian School - memo Woody Bond, 6073 Hwy 25, Brandon, MS 39047.
Please sign our guestbook at www.caringbridge.org/visit/woodybond
Semper Fidelis and Godspeed, Colonel. May your love live on in the lives of all you have blessed with your smile.
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