Janis Bond • May 9, 2022

Janis Bond, 75, of Cantonment, FL passed away Monday, May 9, 2022.

Mrs. Bond was born in Philadelphia, MS and has resided in the Pensacola/Cantonment area for over 50 years. She was a teacher and coach at Washington High School for 31 years.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Bond; two daughters, Ronda Bond and Tracy Bell; and several grandchildren.

According to Janis’ request the family will be having a private service.

  1. Lisa Oliver says:

    I am at a loss for words with a heavy heart. Coach Ronnie Bond and family I am praying for your comfort during this time. You’ll helped me be a better player and person through discipline and love. I’m glad to have been a part of such a great team. You both touched so many lives. She will be greatly missed. Lady Cats Forever💙

  2. Cheryl Glover says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear this news of our beloved Mrs. Bonds passing. I pray for the comfort and healing of her family and her many loved ones. I am personally grateful for the impact she and Coach Bond have had on my life even still to this day. Rest in Power Mrs. Bond

  3. Katherine Ann Trittschuh Morrison says:

    My deepest sympathies to Coach Ronnie and the girls. Mrs. Bond was one of a kind and was a phenomenal teacher and coach! She was admired for her tough love with her teams and students! She never held back punches! She believed in all of us and will forever be remembered as being a mentor and super role model to everyone that had her as a teacher or as a coach! I was fortunate to have her for both! Much Love to Coach Ronnie!

  4. Delivian (DeeDee) Davis says:

    I will greatly miss this genuinely compassionate woman who played a significant role in my development as a student athlete and teacher. Mrs. Janis Bond left an awesome legacy and will be greatly missed. I’m praying for Coach Bond, their daughters and the entire family. May God’s peace be abundantly poured out concerning you all. With tremendous appreciation, love and admiration you have my deepest sympathies.

  5. P. Ash says:

    To my wonderful and beautiful coaches, family and and friends of the beautiful Mrs. Janice Bond. My heart is saddened but I know you are smiling down on all the people who love you so dearly. You and Coach Bond are the epitome of Love. You have touched my heart in so many ways growing up. The best Coach and mentor. I Love you dearly and you will be truly missed. May God bless the family during this time. Precious Struggs Ash & Our Wonderful Lady Wildcats whom you gave all your support, time, Love. Hugs and kisses ❤

  6. Charlotte leggs says:

    condolences 2 the Bond family…She will definitely be missed…She was a true wildcats trailblazer…

  7. Christian “Jake” DeJesus says:

    Rest In Peace Mrs. Bond! Sending you love and prayers Coach Bond!

  8. Jo Ann (McWilliams) Flores says:

    My heart is broken at the news of the passing of one of the most influential people in my life. Coach Janis Bond you taught me so many valuable lesson that I continue to carry. You were the heartbeat of the Lady Cats program. Thank you for pouring yourself out for so many, for so many years. Rest in peace coach. I love you. Praying for comfort and peace for you Coach Ronnie Bond and all of your family as well. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Kimberly Currie says:

    Coach Bond, what a woman! I ran track at Washington High School back in the 80s and she was a fantastic coach and pushed us hard but it made us better people! I will forever be grateful to her for being a big part of my success in running track when I was in high school. Those are some of my greatest memories that I will hold and cherish forever. My condolences go out to her husband and her children and her grandchildren. Rest in peace Coach!

  10. Sabrinia Wallace Jordan says:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Janis Bond. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend quality time with her throughout my high school career at Booker T. Washington. The impact that the Bonds have had on my life is everlasting . Your work here Mrs Bond is complete. A job well done. Rest peacefully. Condolences to Coach Ronnie Bond & family.

  11. Nicole Jones says:

    This just hurt something awful 😣

    From the time I put on that BTW basketball jersey, this lady stayed on me, good or bad; always in my ear! The memories and lessons she taugh on and off the court will never be matched! I am grateful that I had the opportunity to play under her and her husband in the game I love til this day! My heart is heavy, but this is a legacy that will live forever! Coach Bond, you will truly be missed! 💐

    Praying for Coach Ronnie Bond and Family💕

    BTW Lady Cats For Life💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍💙🤍

  12. Sandra Leigh says:

    Ronnie, I am so very sorry to hear this news. You are in my heart and prayers. God Bless You.

  13. Janice Whaley says:

    You had such a huge impact in my life. I still can’t believe you’re gone. You helped me so much you don’t even know. I will be forever grateful for you and all the things you taught me. Your love is felt by so many people. You gave so many young girls the strength and confidence to do more. I love you and will miss you.

  14. Sarabeth Thomas Gordon says:

    Coach Bond was one of the most influential people in my life. She believed in so many of us young women in high school, and that belief propelled us to be better people, to be stronger, to be tougher. She will be missed by so many, but she will never be forgotten. My condolences to Coach Ronnie Bond, Rhonda, and Tracy.

  15. Carolyn C. McLendon says:

    Thank you Janis for sharing your life with so many students as an encourager and always supporting them in every way.
    Your legacy lives on in the many lives of those you touched.
    Your tireless, selfless devotion to teaching and coaching many young people with a smile, positive word, surprise gift, and always leading by example will be a treasure forever in the hearts of those who loved you so much. Your work is complete here. Rest In peace knowing you have given your best to all who received so many happy moments. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Ronnie, Rhonda, Tracy, and her grandchildren.

  16. Jaime Bordelon Briganti says:

    Words can’t explain the impact you had on my life.. and the life of all of my “sisters”! You were our “den mother”. And even though we are all grown and ‘gone’… I don’t feel like we all ever left the den. I miss all of you and this takes me back to “home” more than ever. You will forever be in my prayers, as you and Coach always have been! Love you and your family so much!

  17. Bob & June Stinnett says:

    we are so very sorry. praying for you and the family.

  18. Shadonna Cook Minter says:

    You were influential in so many of our lives. My condolences to the family.

  19. Yolanda Stokes Pugh says:

    Coach Bond was so sweet and encouraging. She would give us treats when we ran our mandatory mile for the week. She She and her husband came to our class reunion and remembered many of us by name. She will be missed.

  20. Jenny Hartley says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Bond (JBond). She and Coach Bond had an amazing impact on my life through high school and even today. I pray that you all stay strong through the memories made. Rest in Peace Mrs. Bond. Lady Cats forever!

  21. Katie Toben says:

    Thank you for all you did for all of the students and athletes. You always had our back and supported us in so many ways. I’m grateful to have had you in my life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time. You will be dearly missed. ❤️

  22. Karlesa (Freeney) Seals says:

    Thank you Mrs. Bond for making me feel like our looker room was home from home, that we were all family. You were like a 2nd mom to alot of us. I’ll never forget you telling me that If needed to come to the looker room for anything to just let you know. I would need to clear my head from the high school drama and you would just open it for me. Thank you for the laughs, the jokes, the slaps you gave me from always hopping in all your pictures. The best of my memories are with you and Coach Bond, you guys have helped mold us Freeney girls and so many others. The impact you have in so many lives is so inspirational. In my head you was one of the people that was supposed to live forever but I see god needed you more than we did. You will forever be remembered and loved so thank you for sharing your life and time with all of the Lady Cats. My condolences for Coach Bond and the entire family in this difficult time. #Signed by a Lady Wildcat for Life#

  23. Jade Brown says:

    As the current Coach for the Lady Cats the passing of Mrs. Bond truly hurts my heart. Thank you so much for embracing me when I became the coach. I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am for the relationship I have with you and Coach Bond. You all made me feel like a Lady Cat instantly. I will truly miss seeing you at games and snapping pictures. Current Lady Cats will do their best to continue the Winning Tradition that you and Coach Bond established. Coach Bond and family you all are in our prayers and know that we love you all.

  24. Ernie Middleton says:

    What can you say about such an extraordinary woman who poured so much into your life. It’s as if I am losing another mother. That’s how much Coach Janis Bond made me feel watched over, thought of and pushed me to be my best. To go out into the world well equipped. She was a kindred spirit for me. The fire she had for life and for others was something I am so grateful to have been apart of. There are those souls who come into your life for the betterment of you as a person and they ignite a fire in you to be all that you can be, more than you ever thought you could be as well as comforting you with their presence. Coach Janis Bond you lived well, you ran the race and the women who live after you that knew you are better because of you.

  25. Christeia Davis-Hawkins says:

    What a wonderful example of love, passion, compassion and “tough as nails”. Mrs. Bond, so many girls, now women, and boys, now men have been blessed to know you. I certainly am one. You will be greatly missed. Coach Ronnie Bond, Ronda, Tracy, Anthony and family, you are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. LaDonna Knight-Vance says:

    “ I will go and prepare a place and come unto me for eternal rest”…. Mrs Bond was Mother to many Ladycats who earned the name “Washington Ladycats”. The many Summer workouts, 7th period was more than a practice and the Family we were privileged to earn a spot. The young ladies matured and grew into woman. She took the time to sow seeds into each who would heed the lessons beyond practice and games which made woman who was ready for the world. So many good times, memories and tears to say just one isn’t the Bond way. Class of 1987 and all who returned to keep the tradition-Mrs Bond we Honor life and legacy. My condolences to Coach Bond, Ronda and Tracy- entire Bond family.

  27. Acquelyn T Chow says:

    Mrs. Bond was a great example of a mother figure for young females during school and after school. I enjoyed being a student during her days at BT Washington High School. She took time out with all of us. I always praise knowing her and her husband. I am praying for her family. I am truly sorry for your lost. Wishing the family the strength to face the days ahead and wonderful memories to cherish forever.

  28. Kesha Malishan-Blount says:

    Mrs. Bond was one of a kind. It was definitely an honor having Mrs. Bond a part of my life. She made sure every Ladycat had food and rides to and from the games. She also didn’t mine telling you how she felt either and we needed that as young adults. They taught life long lessons in 7th period -discipline, determination, winning and more. Coach Bond and Mrs. Bond tradition made the basketball team more than just a team it was an extended family. She will be missed but NEVER forgotten. My condolences to Coach Bond and the Bond Family.

  29. Chris Mcclammy Godwin says:

    I am so grateful to have played and been a part of an extraordinary family . I am so saddened by this . Ms Bond was a second mom to me and to everyone . She definitely has made an impact on many lives and especially mine . She has always been there for me as a player and has helped me to be the coach I am today . I love you so much . Coach Bond , you are in my prayers . I will forever be grateful to the both of you . I am the person today because of your love and passion for me . I am always here for you ❣️MsBond , hug my mom for me . Love you ! ❣️

  30. Ava Rich says:

    I am shocked and saddened to read that such a vibrant and young (in my eyes) woman had passed away. I’ve known Janis since she started teaching, and she was instrumental in getting competition for girls in Escambia County. She was an inspiration to all she taught and coached. She was a legacy and her enthusiasm will go on forever.

  31. Sylvia Hilliard Klos says:

    Ronnie, after reading all the sweet messages from Janis’ students, it is my loss that I never had the opportunity to meet her. She obviously was an extraordinary woman. Together, you made a wonderful team and touched so many lives in such a positive, life-altering way. My heart breaks for you, the girls and the grandchildren. May Janis rest in eternal peace, and may you be comforted with all your memories of such an extraordinary wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  32. Latreese Freeney says:

    The best to ever do it, in my eyes! Mrs. Bond, your tough love, encouragement, compassion and your dedication to make us all better, will never be matched. I love you and coach Bond beyond any words I could ever write. I will forever be grateful to you for all of the things that you instilled in me and the rest of the BTW Lady Cats family. With an abundance of love in my heart, I will not say good bye, but see you later! Coach Bond, my deepest condolences to you and the family.

  33. Coach Steve Williams says:

    Sincere condolences from our family to yours. We’re praying that God will wrap His arms of comfort and encouragement around your family during these difficult days.

  34. Cheryl Clarke says:

    I am so sad to hear this , I send my condolences to the family! I am so glad I had a chance to chat with her a few years ago and I will cherish the great memories we shared as my Coach and beautiful friend.. who always told me … “Sanders you better run” .. and always believe in me ♥️.. she will truly be missed.
    Cheryl Sanders-Clarke

  35. Condolences to Coach Ronnie and the family. Thank you for your warm, kindness, love and giving a young coach from Gainesville a chance to coach against greatness in the best co-coach tandem. Anytime I am in Lakeland, I stroll by the Court of Legends and think of all the great people I have met through coaching, organizing events, and scouting for colleges along with Basketball Bob Corwin. Janis will be remembered fondly. Reading the posts made shows how much she loved and pouring into so many! She finished her race here and heard “Well done”. She is home. Ronnie, God bless you and give you the strength, peace, and comfort. Know you have many who love you and will grieve and mourn as we reflect on Janis life, career, and her character. Be encouraged! Love ya, Coach!

  36. Torrea Lee Cross says:

    I am saddened to hear of your passing Coach Janis Bond. You we’re a mother figure to so many. I am forever grateful the impact you made on my life. I know when I looked in your eyes I not only saw encouragement but, toughness and love. I thank you for that.
    Coach Ronnie Bond, Ronda, Tracy and the entire family. You are in thoughts and prayers.
    Lady Cats Forever💙

  37. Angel Woodrow says:

    Mrs Bond was like a mother to us .She was the sweetest person to ever have in your life .She had that tough Motherly love for everyone. I Thank you for being a very special part of my life. YOU WILL BE MISSED 😢May the worked you’ve on done speak for= you❤️My Condolences to her family🙏

  38. Elizabeth O'Donnell Daza-"Liz" says:

    Rest in Peace Mrs. Bond. Ya’ll were an integral part of my life and I enjoyed times I will never forget. Playing for ya’ll was the joy of a lifetime.
    My condolences to Coach Bond and the rest of the family. May you find comfort and peace in the coming days. Lots of love..

    Elizabeth O’Donnell Daza-“Liz”

  39. Carolyn Perry Moore says:

    My precious high school friend, you will forever be in my heart. We shared laughs, classes, cheerleading, and thoughts of you have ALWAYS made me smile. I remember all too well your sitting behind me in Spanish class and trying to remove all the gray hairs in my 17 year old head! You lived your life as I knew you would–boldly dedicated to others. Life and distance got in the way until these last years when we reconnected. Thank you for being one of my heroes. I love you.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all who knew and loved you.

    Carolyn Perry

  40. Katie (Hagensick) Meister says:

    Mrs. Bond, thank you for your tough, motherly love for all those years. You made the locker room feel like home and I am forever grateful for the family you and Coach Bond created! You will be deeply missed and I pray that God watches over your family and wraps them in peace.

  41. Bill Lea, PHS 1962 says:

    I am From Philadelphia. Ms. I Have known Janis H. Bond over 60 years. Played 🏀 for her Dad Frank Hodges. Her dad too won 🏀 games and Championships. To her family, so sorry for your loss. Coach Janis Bond touched so many lives is an understatement. She and teams won Great Victories but the most important she made Victories in her life and her family’s life. God Bless You-and Yours Coach Bond ❤️

  42. Karen M. Eggers says:

    I have always remembered Coach fondly since my time at BTW. My deepest condolences to her family.

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