Wow ... What to say? First, the Bonds Family and I thank all of you who loved Terry and helped him through so much. We also thank each and every one of you who have offered your friendship, your help, a kind word or even just a quiet prayer that no one else knew about. Thank you! I am rarely without words, but sit in awe and wonder today at the love Terry was able/willing to give to others. About 4-5 days before he passed, a peaceful "glow" filled his room, you could see it. And for an hour after he passed, all was still, and quiet and gentle ... and he was free. I don't know what to put in the "relationship" part of this post ... he was so much to me. Terry taught me how to pray, how to nurture, and how to cherish and love ... he was/is a Reflection of God's Love for me. He was easy to laugh and cry with and a hoot to tease! I still hear him saying, "When's the last time you had your *ss whipped?" and I'd say, "Oh yeah? You'd better look out 'cause I've been workin out Mister!" and he'd laugh at me and say, "Silly Girl!" --- God and I love ya and there's not a thing you can do about it!
Posted by Karen Reed - Georgetown, TX February 22, 2012
You were the best catcher i ever threw a baseball to. You could have made it all the way. Your friend, Rex
Posted by Rex Frasier - Austin, TX - Friend February 20, 2012
My life has truly been touched by Terry--a wonderful friend and an inspiration in so many ways. He always knew how to make me laugh, but he could sure make me cry! Heaven has gained another angel and I am glad he can rest at peace in the Great Meeting in the sky. He will surely be missed by many!
Posted by Shannon Mogonye - Elgin, TX - friend February 20, 2012
Terry, I will never be able to thank you enough for all of your love and for teaching me how to love by showing me through your actions. I pray that I will always remember how I felt today at your service; though heartbroken and sad to lose someone who I loved dearly, joyful and happy at the thought of us meeting again one day, because I know where you are! What a beautiful and wonderful moment that must have been when you first saw HIS face. I hope you have a kiss waiting for me when I get there! I am going to miss you so much in the meantime...
Posted by Debbie McCormick - Austin - Friend February 20, 2012
My life was blessed because I knew Terry Bonds
Posted by Brent - Austin, TX - Friend February 19, 2012
I'll never forget the time you visited us whilst on leave from the Marine Corps. I was probably 5 at the time. You danced and sang with Mike and me in the living room to Buryl Ives "Eating Goober Peas." And as I became an adult, you've always been so supportive of me and what I was doing and telling me that you love me. I'll miss you so much!
Posted by Terri Moore - Addison, TX - niece February 19, 2012
Terry and I were neighbors living on Ramsey in the Rosedale neighborood of Austin, growing up. I was two years older than Terry, but friends never the less.
Baseball, football at Ramsey Park until it got so dark we could not see the ball, was almost an everyday thing for us.
No, I have not seen Terry in years, but the memory of growing up in the 50's and early 60's in Austin with him is vivid in my memory.
May our Lord bless you Terry and give you peace, one day we will meet again and talk about some real good old times.
Posted by Mike McGinnis - Houston , TX - Friend February 19, 2012
I remember the ever ready smile, infectious laugh, the feel of being enveloped in the bear hug every time I saw him, and the genuine caring that accompanied the question, "How are you?" Unlike so many who carelessly toss out that question, Terry truly wanted to know the answer and would thoughtfully listen and then lift my spirit, just with the twinkle in his eye.
I saw him deal with great joys and unimaginable sorrows and remain in awe of him - Terry was the rarest of individuals - a completely authentic soul.
I am blessed to have known him and pray that my own small contributions to his life added some joy to his journey. We sure had some great laughs didn't we?
For Terry's family, I leave this quote:
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." - Marcus Tulius Cicero
Posted by Shannon Marlow du Plessis - Wimberely, TX - Friend and fellow traveler February 19, 2012
Great memories that may even predate elementry school at Rosedale. He was never predictable and always fun. Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by Ron Bird - San Antonio, TX - friend since the 1st grade February 19, 2012
Getting grabbed up by Terry and hugged when I shook his hand, well, he was like my Dad for our time together. He was instrumental in me and my Dad's healing of our relationship. I will be chairing a meeting today and carrying on the legacy during the funeral. His faith teaches always.
Posted by Jim Barnes - Austin, TX - past sponsee February 19, 2012
I love and miss my Uncle Terry. He was a force of nature, a good man, and a very special servant of our Lord. I have only happy childhood memories of his laughter and love.
Posted by Marielee Sample Rasor - Santa fe, NM - Niece February 19, 2012
I met Terry Jan 25 2004. That was the day God blessed me a return to AA . In only Terry Bond fashion, he approached me tossing his Big Book on the table and leaned down asking " Don't ya want one more little nip"? Since then, Terry always demonstrated that sober life was good!! We shared the same sponsor and I would tease him that I was the #1 in the sponsee pecking order, knowing that was not so. Always supportive, he took it like the champ he was.
I am grateful for the friendship I had with our friend Terry.
Posted by Jack England - Austin, TX - AA Friend February 18, 2012
Dear Sweet Terry,
As I sit here today thinking about you and the special life you lived...I miss you. You are a part of my story and will always be remembered with love, admiration, respect and smiles and maybe even a tear.
Thank you for reaching out to so many people and for touching each life with love, hugs and a kiss. You are loved.
Posted by Kimberly Hanks-Weaver - Dripping Springs, TX - friend February 18, 2012
I am not sure when I first met Terry Bonds but the occasion centered around shoeing some horses at his place in Hutto, Texas. I would see him on occasion at places that had him build horse barns and pens and now and then at cafes where the locals hung out in the mornings in Round Rock.I had bought a house next to the Masonic Hall in Round Rock and was in the driveway one day and Terry pulled in and showed me a 30 day chip. We had an instant connection and shared speaker tapes CD's and many hours together for the next 20 years.
I had season tickets to the Round Rock Express baseball team at the Dell Diamond and I invited Terry to go with me as I knew he loved baseball. I was very excited for him to experience the whole minor league scene that I paid no attention to were I parked my truck in the enormous lot. When the game was over neither one of us could find my truck and we had to wait for the parking lot to empty out before we spotted my pickup. 30 years of sobriety between us at the time and couldn't locate our ride. We both laughed until we almost got sick after we found the truck.
Terry,it has been an honor and a pleasure to have been one of your friends in this life.Chuck Young
Posted by Chuck Young - Quemado,, NM - Friend February 18, 2012
As I told you last week my friend, you are loved by a host of friends all who's life you touched in untold ways but touched deeply.
Thanks for being my friend.
I pray you feel the arms of our Loving God, holding you tightly and loving so sweetly as you pass from our world. I love you, Terry, thanks for being in my life. Denice
Posted by Denice Clay - AUSTIN, TX - friend February 18, 2012
How in the world do we put into words what Terry meant to us. Wild, crazy,hilarious, wonderful, loving, deeply spiritual, caring at depth, forgiving beyond measure, always trying to understand, rather than being understood, always comforting others, rather than wanting to be comforted, loving, and hoping that he was loved. He forgave, rather than waiting to be forgiven.
There are people who come into our lives that we really love. Then there are those who come into our lives and sit down deep inside our hearts. And they too want us to come into their life and sit down inside their heart. That was Terry. He is a member of our spiritual family. He laid down the "world's weapons" and picked up the simple kit of spiritual tools, and used them every day of his life with gratitude. And the one he used the most was love. He walked through the fire, seeking God's will, and kept on loving.
You were a gift in our life, Terry Bonds. It's hard to talk about how we feel publicly, because our relationship was so personal with you. We miss you. We love you. Thank you.
Posted by Craig and Margie Keith - Wimberley, TX - close friend February 18, 2012
Terry will be sorely missed!
Posted by Melissa Jones Boudreaux - Pflugerville, TX - Friend February 18, 2012
"Good night, sweet prince, good night. May flights of angels attend thee to thy rest."
Posted by David Smith - Austin, TX - Friend February 18, 2012
he always had us laughing and smiling.. we loved him here he was a good man and he will be missed very much by everyone that got 2 know him..
Posted by monica February 18, 2012
I met Terry 42 years ago and there never was a better friend. We worked, hunted, went to lodge, AA, and played hard together for all those years and I will miss him very much. He was a friend, brother, and mentor
most of my adult life and I love him for it. He touched everyones heart he ever met and will be missed by lots of folks. The one thing I know is that the party really got started in heaven on Wednesday and it will never be the same. We miss you Buddy. A.E.
Posted by A.E. Stabeno - Spicewood, TX - Friend February 18, 2012
I really enjoyed waiting on Terry at Springhill catfish restraunt in Pflugerville. We never knew what he was going to do or say next. He made me laugh every time I would see him. I will never forget him calling me and the girls " Gorgeous little Sh@!S" ( his friends will know that word) Terry... U will truely be missed my friend.
Posted by Tina Payne - leander, TX - friend February 18, 2012
Terry, Thanks for being the man every other man needs when they are at their lowest ! Only the good Lord knows where I would be today if it was not for your sobriety and guidance ! See you on the other side, via con dios Amigo !!
Posted by Ray Shannon - Georgetown, TX - friend/ and Terry is my sponsor February 18, 2012
We lost a good one with the passing of Terry. He was the friendliest, most jovial friend I have ever had. I often quote something he once said to me. "It's getting better every day." I don't know that I ever really believed it, but I'll never forget it. I will miss you, my friend.
Posted by Tom Jones - Pflugerville, TX - Friend February 18, 2012
Terry, you were always a loving stable person in the lives of so many. Although you went through many difficult times that would have broken many men, you faced them with tremendous grace.
You are very loved.
Posted by Carole L - Austin, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
I will always cherish the moments I was able to be with Terry. He brought a bright light, smile and laughter to my heart! No matter what kind of day I was having when I would walk in a room Terry's voice and that laugh would without fail put a smile and ray of sunshine on some of my darkest days! You couldn't help being around Terry and not feeling optimistic about the future. He has and will continued to be missed in the many lives he touched!
Posted by Brian Roe - Austin, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
Terry my dear sweet friend, I have attempted with several post on Facebook to express what you have meant to me over the years. They all seems to fall short. I will always remember the time we worked on the State Convention together and seeing you and Charles at State Conention all over Texas. It didn't matter where we crossed paths, meetings, River Bend Church, assorted AA functions..among others. The thing that was a constant with you was the way you shared your love of those of us who had the honor to call you a friend. You always had that beautiful smile, a big ole bear hug, a sincere concern of how I was doing, some words of encouagement or your show of caring when thing were good, then that kiss on the cheek and telling me that you loved me and so did God.Even tough we haven't crossed paths in a few years I just want you to know thatmy life is good. I will cherish the memories of you for the rest of my life. I look forward to the day when we met again..I can see that smile and open arms there to welcome me home. Thank you for being the Man that so many of us looked up to and were touched by you.
Posted by Tim Shockley - Austin, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
WERE DO YOU START TO TELL HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT A PERSON THAT YOU REALLY THINK A LOT ABOPUT.
I MET TERRY BACK IN THE SEVENTIES WHEN I WAS BUSINESS REPERSENTATIVE FOR THE SHEET METAL WORKERS. HE ALWAYS HAD A GOOD WORD TO SAY AND ALWAYS A BIG SMILE TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD.
ONE THING I TREASURE MOST WAS BEING ABLE TO WORK IN HIS DEGREES TO BECOME A MASON. HE LOVED MASONERY AND WENT ON TO BECOME WORSHIPFUL MASTER OF ROUND ROCK LODGE, AND HIS MEMORY WORK WAS OUTSTANDING.
GOD BLESS YOU TERRY AS I KNOW YOU ALREADY HAVE GOD LAUGHTING AND ENJOYING YOUR COMPANY.
LOVE YOU BROTHER, LEMOINE PITMAN
Posted by LEMOINE PITMAN, SR. - Fulton., TX - long time friend February 17, 2012
He made me feel loved as he'd hold my face, kiss me on the mouth and say "are you being good to you?" so I didn't mind him being in my personal space. He did the same with everyone, male or female. He was genuine, and genuinely cared about all of us.
Posted by Lucinda Corley - Austin, TX - fellow on the same path February 17, 2012
How do words even begin to truly express how your unconditional love touched not only my life, but so many others. I can hear you say, as you hold my face and look directly at me, "Be good to you." And I see you across the room, big smile and joyful laugh. There is a less light here now without you and you are greatly missed. But I am forever grateful for sharing your life and love with us and how fortunate I am to have known you. You'll always have a reserved place in my heart, and when I feel I need a Terry hug, I can go back to memories of the warmth I felt when sharing one of your big hugs.
Thank you for all you've given. Miss you terribly Terry...
All my love ♥
Posted by Alicia Glover - Austin, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
Terry was an amazing man... The type of person that always made you feel like YOU were the most important one in the whole room, even when it was filled with people he knew & loved!!
And of course there was his laugh... Unmistakeable, joyful & sincere... I think it is what I will miss the most... That & his amazing hugs :-)
Posted by Kimberly - TX - Friend February 17, 2012
Met Terry at northland!!
He always gave out big Hugs!!
Always asked how I was!!
We,ll miss you Terry!!
All the Best
Posted by Carlos Fernandez Jr. - Austin, TX - Friend from "Northland" February 17, 2012
My words cannot express enough what this GREAT man has given to my LIFE.
Terry Ford Bonds was a FATHER figure, my FRIEND and most of all, my first SPONSOR.
Terry showed me Love from the first day we meet on March 11 2006 by showing me a path to LIVING that I still follow today. He showed me GOD’S love and love until I was able to love myself by opening up his heart, home, Big Book and most of all his arms to give the BEST HUGS any man could give.
(WHICE I NEEDED and DID NOT KNOW IT).
THANK YOU Terry Bonds for leaving such an impression and impact on my heart and on my LIFE. I WILL MISS YOU TERRY and know that I will carry the message to anyone who is still suffering that wants to walk on the same path that you walked with me on. I know you are still with me Terry until we meet again.
I AM LOVIN' ME, LOVIN' YOU, LOVIN’ LIFE and TERRY FORD BONDS had and still has a lot to do with it.
P.S. EVERY HUG I GIVE OUT WE BOTH KNOW YOU ARE GIVING ONE WITH ME. THANK YOU TERRY BONDS FOR SHOWING ME THAT IT IS OK FOR MEN TO HUG.
Posted by KENNETH C SCHULTZ - AUSTIN, TX - SPONSOR February 17, 2012
Thanks Terry for sharing your life with us and being "the other Cowboy" in my life! You brightened up our world when you came to Cowboy Christmas and for sharing your story with us in Bastrop a few years back. Rudy & I will miss you, but your Spirit will live on in the Legacy you left in our hearts and all of us that loved you so very much. In remembering Terry, couldn't help but smile about the fun we had when we were together! Terry's journey was not always smooth, but he showed us all how to walk through adversity with Grace and Dignity. Love you Terry - and enjoy the "Big Speaker Meeting"...you always loved a Great Speaker - and you are sure "To Meet Some of Them Today" as your "Road to Happy Destiny" has ended on earth and just began for eternity.....
We love you - Janice and Rudy
Posted by Janice & Rudy Woods - Bastrop, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
Terry: Thank you for being a part of my life. You gave me so much love during a very difficult time in my life. You never judged me. You always met me with a smile and kind words. You loved me when I didn't love myself. I will miss you, Dear Friend. Thank you for leaving your "bootprints" on my heart.
Posted by Kerri - Katy, TX - Friend February 17, 2012
Terry, we walked a lot of paths since high school. I am glad ours kept crossing all these years. Our visit times were always fun and emotional too. Silly stuff - some at the Blood Bank and most recently Springhill, others too. I am grateful we shared those times. I will treasure that Marine Corp cap you gave me. I know how hard the last couple of years were, and now you have real peace and I am glad for that answered prayer. God saw that you were ready and He took you home. May your loved ones find comfort in knowing that you are now full circle. Love and peace, Terry, we'll miss you!
As always, Dolly
Posted by Dalton "Dolly" Mogonye - Pflugerville, TX - friend February 17, 2012
In the short time I knew you Terry, I saw a wonderful, caring and loving man that only wanted one thing, Karen! Your devotion to each other was an inspiration and I'm so happy that I got to know both of you. Life is eternal, love is immortal, death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. I wish you a peaceful journey back to your loved ones, Mr. Bonds.
Posted by Michele Mehalic - Cedar Park, TX - nurse February 17, 2012
Terry, what a great man you were. Thank you so much for the countless amount of laughs, cries and memories created! Until we meet again, may you rest in eternal peace! Love, Jennifer C.
Posted by Jennifer Collier - Austin, TX - Former daughter-in-law February 17, 2012