Judge Clifton Bond

Judge Clifton Bond

Fomer Monticello municipal judge and city alderman Clifton Bond, Jr. died Monday. He was 86.

Judge Bond was licensed to practice law by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1953 and thereafter was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court as well as the other federal and state courts.

He opened and operated a private law practice in Monticello for more than a half century and was elected Monticello Municipal Court Judge in 1960. He presided over the Monticello Municipal Court for 26 years until his retirement in 1986.

In 1997, Judge Bond was elected to the Monticello City Council and served for 13 years.

He joined the Monticello Rotary Club in 1959 and had perfect attendance at the weekly meetings for over 50 years. He was a past president of the club and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation. His late wife, Marjorie Mae Bond was inducted as the first female member of the club.

The annual college scholarships awarded by Monticello Rotary to graduates of Monticello High School, Drew Central High School and to a student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello are awarded as the Marjorie Mae and Clifton Bond Monticello Rotary Scholarship.

Bond loved his Lord and church. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello for more than 57 years. He served as a deacon there for more than 35 years and taught Sunday School for many years.

Judge Bond was born Elza Clifton Bond, Jr., on September 23, 1927 and was the only son of Elza Clifton Bond, Sr., and Ethel Aura (Snow) Bond.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Marjorie Mae (Ingram) Bond on April 10, 2011.

He is survived by a host of cousins including Frank Anderson Gibson, Jr., Rev. Thomas Eugene “Blue” Gibson, William “Billy” Gibson, Martha Ann Gibson Spoonamore, Charlotte Marcum, Vickie Snow Gottsjoner, Robert Walter Snow, Jr., Luellen Holmes, and others.

Funeral services will be held February 20 at 10 a.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with burial at Bond Cemetery in Drew County. Visitation is one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Monticello or the Monticello Rotary Club.