We honor here members, friends and supporters of the American Council of the Blind who have impacted our lives in many wonderful ways. If you would like to submit a notice for this column, please include as much of the following information as possible.
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Albert Bond, age 80, of Nashville, Tenn., passed away on Oct. 9. He was a member of the Tennessee Council of the Blind (TCB), husband of Hattie Bond, a long-time member of the Mid Tennessee Council of the Blind (MTCB), the Tennessee Council of the Blind, and the American Council of the Blind.
Albert Lee Bond was born on Jan. 28, 1931 in Brownsville, Tenn. to the late A.D. and Rosie Wills Bond. He was the only son in a family of four children. Albert's two older sisters, Lillie Young and Zelia McFarland, preceded him in death.
Albert was educated in the public schools of Haywood County and attended Tennessee State University, majoring in industrial arts. He entered the United States Army on May 17, 1951 and remained on active duty for eight years. He joined the Army Reserve and served many years until deployed to Saudi Arabia for active duty in Desert Storm. In November of 1990 Albert was injured and subsequently received an honorable medical discharge.
Bond joined in holy matrimony to Hattie M. Johnson on Nov. 28, 1953 and to this union one daughter, DeLois Jean Bond, was born.
Albert taught auto mechanics in the Union City, Tenn. school system. He was also employed at Ellington Agricultural Center for many years and was owner and operator of an automotive mechanic shop in Nashville.
Albert was a member of Prince Hall, Lodge #1, he was a 33rd Degree Mason, IA. Henry Consiscory #48, Hella Temple #105 and Eclipse Chapter 222@A.M.,OES and was involved in many community service activities for more than 40 years. His hobby was repairing automotive vehicles, which he loved dearly.
He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and served as a member of the Brotherhood, the choir and was active in the Sunday School and Bible study. He was a deacon of a long standing at Mt. Olive.
Albert was a loving husband and father and is survived by wife, Hattie J. Bond; daughter, DeLois Jean Bond; sister, Rebecca (Daniel) Nowak of Buffalo, N.Y.; nephew, Herbert (Paula) Rogers Jr. and niece, Lisa Henton, both of Detroit, Mich.; one grand-niece and nephew; devoted friends, Wallace Robertson Sr. and LeBrone Roberts, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of his life was held on Oct. 13, 2011.
Williams, Rebecca Coral (Hansen)
Feb. 28, 1951- Nov. 7, 2011
Rebecca "Becky" Coral (Hansen) Williams, 60, of Milwaukee, Wis. died Nov. 7, 2011, at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice following a long battle with breast cancer. Becky was born in Janesville, Wis., the daughter of Walter "Bud" and Burnett "Burnie" Hansen. She graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped in Janesville in 1970 and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974. After graduating from college, she married Richard Johnson and had two children, Maria and Tim.
She worked in Janesville at the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped for 15 years. Her marriage to Richard Johnson ended in divorce. She eventually married Robert Williams and moved to Milwaukee. Becky worked at the Badger Association of the Blind & Visually Impaired. She was also president of the Badger Association's board of directors, president of the Alumni Association for the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, president of the Midwest Association for the Blind, and a member of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, serving on their executive board. She has been recognized for her volunteer work with numerous awards, including the Inspired by Example Volunteer of the Year award in 2010 in Milwaukee.
Surviving are her husband, Robert; her children, Maria (Jake) Schoville of Janesville, Tim (Caria) Johnson of Madison, Sara Williams and Leslie Angove; her grandchildren, Justin, Jeremy, and Megan Schoville and Amerin Idell; and her brother, Greg (Cheryl) Burkhamer of Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepson, Curtis. A memorial service was held at VISION FORWARD (formerly the Badger Association) on Nov. 10, 2011.