Posted: Fri 2:03 PM, Jan 04, 2013
Jean Faulkner Bond, 82, of Decatur, Ga., died on New Year’s Day 2013, after a fierce battle with ovarian cancer.
An only child, she was born to Johnny and Flora Bell (“Rosie”) Rakestraw Faulkner in Blue Springs, Miss., on Dec. 11, 1930. Jean graduated from Blue Mountain College, received an M.A. degree in English from Louisiana Tech and studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She taught English at Hong Kong Baptist College (now a university), Western Kentucky University and Mississippi State University. In addition, she volunteered as a teacher of English as a second language to numerous international students and their families.
For many years, Jean was a writer, freelancing for a variety of mission magazines and having personal narratives published in Southern Living magazine. She did technical writing and editing for the Mississippi State Board of Education, Mississippi State University and the Army Corps of Engineers. She authored a missionary biography, “Blanche Groves of China: Indomitable Lady.” Always active in her church, Jean taught Sunday school classes for decades, served as a deacon and led in mission organizations and religious conferences on the local, state and national levels, where she served on the inaugural national council for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In recent years, she found her spiritual home within the United Methodist Church. Jean was a faithful Christian who lived out her convictions, a gifted writer and inspirational speaker, an intelligent woman with a big heart, a committed American and a citizen of the world.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Ann Bond Stewart, and her husband, William A. Stewart, of Atlanta; granddaughter Katherine Faulkner Stewart Box and her husband, Oliver J. Box, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; brother-in-law Bobbie Bond of Yazoo City, Miss.; and stepaunt Lorene Belyeu of Blue Springs, Miss. Jean’s husband of 59.5 years, Marvin, preceded her in death by 10 weeks.
A Joint Service of Death and Resurrection for Marvin and Jean will be held at Decatur First United Methodist Church on Tuesday at 2 p.m., with a reception immediately following at the church. Jean’s body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine.
In lieu of flowers, Jean requested memorial donations be made to the Youth Appalachia Service Project, Decatur FUMC; United Methodist Children’s Home, Decatur; or to Hospice Atlanta.