Jerry Lee Bond, 68, Johnson City, died Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital, Mountain Home, following a brief illness.
Mr. Bond was a native of Johnson City and a son of the late Stanley David and Ruby Mae Ward Bond.
He was a 1964 graduate of University School and a member of the first graduating class of the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he later received a Master’s in Planning.
Mr. Bond was a self-employed registered architect, urban planner and developer. His career began with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, one of the world’s largest architectural firms. He later spent eight years as Principal Planner for the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission. During his tenure with the planning commission, he was responsible for long-range urban planning and was instrumental in bringing the World’s Fair to Knoxville.
In 1983, he joined The Architectural Group as Vice President and Director of their Tampa, Florida office where he accomplished numerous projects across the state. Later he served The Martin Organization as Vice President and Regional Director of the Atlanta office. During the ’90s, Mr. Bond served as the Director of Architecture for Centex — one of the largest developers in the nation.
Mr. Bond was very active in the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels, serving as President of the East Tennessee Chapter of the AIA and board member of the Tennessee Society of Architects. In addition, he served on the AIA Urban Planning Committee and the Energy Committee at the national level. He taught architecture and urban planning at the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Bond served on numerous committees and boards relating to architecture, urban planning, energy and the environment. As chairman of the Urban Planning Committee of the Partners of the Americas, he taught at the University of Maracaibo in Venezuela, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Bahamas.
Mr. Bond was a veteran, serving with the United States Navy Seabees and was an active pilot and plane owner. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and designed numerous airparks and promoted aviation events.
Mr. Bond is survived by his son, Jason Ward Bond; his brother, Randy Ward Bond and wife Jenny Z. Bond, Knoxville; his sister, Pauline Bond McMackin and husband Dick, Knoxville; his niece, Joy Hughes and husband John, Rockvale, TN; his nephew, James Kelly, Nashville; one great-nephew, two-great nieces, and Jerry’s beloved friend, Monique Kennedy.
A graveside service will be held at 10 am, Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Evangelist Charles “Toonie” Cash will officiate. An informal celebration of Mr. Bond’s life will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 1815 Knob Creek Rd.
The family requests that in-lieu-of flowers, memorials be made to John Matthew C. Hughes’ savings account at any U.S. Bank branch for the care of great-nephew Matthew who is afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Bond family. (423) 928-6111