Rex Farris Bond, age 73, passed away at his beloved home on the Hatchie River, Wednesday, February 29, 2012. A native of Brownsville, Rex loved the Hatchie River, UT Football, and was a gifted painter. Rex was a member of the Ed Worsham Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, and attended Christ Church.
After beginning to work at the Brownsville-Bells Funeral Home in 1958, Rex decided the funeral industry would be his life long work. He attended and graduated from John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee where, in 1959, he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Rex was also president of his graduating class. After the death of Fred T. Jones in 1979, he became owner and manager of Brownsville-Bells Funeral Home. Rex purchased Brownsville Memorial Gardens in the early eighties. In 1993 he sold all three businesses to a local family but continued to work and be associated with these businesses. Rex returned full-time in 2004 as Funeral Services Manager and became one of the new owners when the business was sold in 2005. In 2010, the Brownsville-Bells Funeral Homes recognized Rex for over 50 years of service and unselfish dedication to the families of Haywood and Crockett County and by the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association for 50 years in funeral service. Rex became an employee of Lea & Simmons Funeral Home in April of 2011and remained associated with them until his death.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 AM in Christ Church of Brownsville with private burial at a later time. Visitation will be Friday, March 2, in Christ Church of Brownsville from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Christ Church, Carl Perkins Center, and the Haywood County Humane Society.
Rex is survived by his much loved wife of 18 years: Harriet Kizer Bond, Brownsville; and his two daughters: Tina Bond, Memphis, and Lura Bond Alyea and her husband, David, and his daughter, Wendy, all of Cordova; two brothers: Thomas Bond and his wife, Sara, Bonds Crossing, and Garland Bond and his wife, Jan, Little Rock, AR; his caregivers: Sammie and Kathaleen Richmond, and Walter Richmond; and many, many friends.
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