November 25, 2021, 64, Seven Springs –
Cora Gray Sutton Bond, 64, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Cora was born in Lenoir County to the late Damon Keith and Ora Gray Holland Sutton on May 1, 1957.
Hard working and loyal, Cora was a valued asset in her job. Starting with Standard Trucking, she advanced her career retiring as Operations Manager for Penske. Known to be a fixer, she was often called in to set things straight or get workers on the right course, completely resolving the company’s issues. She was good at what she did and looked forward to teaching and caring for others within the profession. Wanting to leave things better than she found them, she continued to work even after her sickness began, ensuring that others had been trained appropriately.
With a do-it-yourself mindset, Cora never met a task she couldn’t tackle. At a young age, she even joined the Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Department as the only female member. Perhaps a bit peculiar, she liked things done the right way, and didn’t mind letting you know when she disagreed with you. She called it like it was, taking no excuses from anyone. With one look, she could quickly inform you that you were up against a losing battle, and that giving in to her way was the best option.
After retirement, Cora looked forward to trips with her husband, Bob, in their RV. Enjoying the sights up and down the east coast, they traveled to many destinations, even enjoying a month’s trip that took them from Seven Springs to Maine.
An excellent baker, Cora excelled at anything in the kitchen. Known best for her pecan pies, everything from biscuits and bread pudding to banana pudding was a delicacy. Anything made from chocolate tasted better when prepared by Cora. Spending time in the kitchen with her granddaughter, Delaney, was a highlight for Cora as she took time to teach Delaney her many kitchen secrets.
Nothing delighted Cora more than beautiful flowers. You could expect truckloads of boxes arriving at her home each year following the QVC flower sale. Always enjoying seeing the blooms in her many flower beds, she was often excited and surprised to see gorgeous flowers spring forth that she had forgotten about from previous years. She and Bob were quite the team in creating an attractive yard. He cared for the lawn while she tended the flower beds. Anyone who passed their home could expect vibrant arrays of picturesque flowers in every season.
A service to celebrate and remember Cora’s life will be held by the graveside at Seven Springs Methodist Church Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021. The family will receive friends following the service.
Cora is survived by her husband of 25 years, Bob Bond; children, Sean Bond and Sherri Bond Johnson and husband, Waylon; granddaughter, Delaney Gray Johnson; sister, Dolly Sutton Outlaw and husband, Ivey; aunt, Chris Detwiler; her faithful canine companion, Kujo; and special friends: Becky, Smokey, Amanda, and Josh.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Flowers are welcome, or memorials in Cora’s memory may be given to the Duke Cancer Institute at www.dukecancerinstitute.org. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.