Frances Gene Worley Bond

December 8, 1931 – March 21, 2017

Mrs. Frances Gene Worley Bond, age 85, of North Wilkesboro, widow of Dr. John L. Bond, Jr., entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. A celebration of life will be held 2:30 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro with Rev. Bert Young officiating. The family will receive friends in the Wayland Fellowship Hall prior to the service from 1:00-2:15 p.m. Mrs. Bond was born in Nichols, South Carolina, on December 8, 1931, to Floyd and Telulah Worley. She graduated magna cum laude from Coker University in 1953, earning a bachelor’s degree in music. She was the first honor graduate and winner of Coker University’s Alumnae Cup. She set a campus history-making scholastic pace. For the class of 1953, she was a continuous holder of honor scholarships conferred each spring upon students with the highest annual grade average in the respective rising classes. An outstanding campus leader as well as top honor student, she was selected to represent Coker University in the 1953 national collegiate “Who’s Who.” Mrs. Bond took flying lessons in the early 1980s, completing her first solo flight in 1982. She enjoyed frequently co-piloting with her husband, Dr. John Bond. Mrs. Bond was an active member of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, where she served as pianist for a number of years, sang in the choir, and participated in the handbell choir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Coleman Worley, Sr.; and her sister, Jacquelyn Worley Collins. Mrs. Bond is survived by two daughters, Beth Worley Bond of North Wilkesboro, and Laura Bond Walsh and husband, Calvin, of Moravian Falls; one son, John Lawrence Bond, III and wife, Angela, of Wilkesboro, five grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis Williams (husband Brian), Preston Davis, Bethany Abernethy Dunn (husband Brad), Anna Abernethy, Rachel Bond; and two great-grandchildren., Avery Dunn and Addison Dunn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, P.O. Box 458, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, The Health Foundation, P.O. Box 667, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or the Wilkes YMCA, 1801 YMCA Blvd. Wilkesboro, NC 28697. The family would like to extend special thanks to Brenda Church, Brenda Prevette, Sheila Marley, Pruitt Hospice and Home Instead for the wonderful love and care they provided to Mrs. Bond. Online condolences may be made at