Many people, daily, drive by the Madison County Airport on Old Canton Road but do not know that The Bond Home is just across the road from the airport. Where The Bond Home is located today was once the barracks and the location of the Army Air Corps pilot training unit during WWII. Potential Dutch and American pilots were stationed on this property in the early stages of WWII. As a matter of fact, former Congressman and Gov. John Bell Williams went through pilot training at this very same installation. As you know, the airport in Raymond is named for John Bell Williams. There was also pilot training in Coahoma County, just a few miles from Clarksdale. My cousin was one of the pilot instructors at this air base during WWII.
After the war ended, there were 72 men who lived in one of the barracks left empty after the Air Base in Madison County closed. This was the beginning of the future Home Place that we know today. In the mid-1970s the main building was planned and built on this present site. Expansion started in the 1980s – especially the “E” wing and “The Old Ladies’” wing. Soon, the 12 duplex villas were constructed in the rear of the main building. The Villas are really two-bedroom duplexes connected by a common garage. They are originally built and designed for couples. Since these villas have everything, each one stays full and occupied. The Bond Home, Old Ladies Home and Villas all operate under the name of “The Home Place.”
Some people have asked me about the various activities at The Bond Home. I must quickly add that there are all kinds of activities scattered throughout the week. Val, the director of activities, passes out a large paper monthly calendar which is packed with daily activities. It is fun to run your finger down a daily column – i.e.: on Sunday, Sunday School meets at 9 a.m. (a local church serves Communion once a month). For afternoon fun time, there’s Bingo for all. On the Monday column, we have Bible Study scheduled. Tuesday brings a variety of activities: Stories with Sarah, exercise with Val, and Prayer Meeting after supper. On Wednesday mornings we have Craft Time, Thimbles Ministries, and Exercise with Val, then an ice cream party with BOPS. Thursday brings mid-afternoon Communion, Exercise with Val, Choir Practice, and funtime with Bingo. Then on Friday we have Men’s Coffee Hour, Gametime, trip to Walmart, and Bingo. On Saturday mornings we have Communion and individuals can do their own thing. There are many activities and everyone is invited to attend and take part in all activities.
Take a stroll in the main building of The Bond Home and the large TV lounge/parlor is the first area that pops into view. This gives you a warm, homey feeling for rest and simply to enjoy TV. Walk only a short distance to “E” wing and the corner parlor/lounge comes in view. This is another homey, plus rest, area with a piano and a large TV set. Some of the residents are serious about putting picture puzzles together and these ladies are pure artists. “A” wing has a large parlor with a huge TV set ideal for resting and relaxing. Most people will be surprised at the amount of space given to comfort. All the parlors are large and beautifully decorated.
So, when passing the Madison County Airport, look across the road for The Home Place. Come by for a visit.
Remember, it takes years to build trust and a few seconds to destroy it.
Read Colossians 2:6.
Walter Redden is a Northsider.