Merl Bond Jacobs

June 27, 1920February 6, 2021

Mrs. Clelia Merl Bond Jacobs, age 100, formerly of Fortson, GA (Columbus), passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Merl was born on June 27, 1920 in Dothan (Newton county), Alabama, daughter of the late Otho Otis and Willie Merritt Bond.

Merl was known for her ever present smile and hospitality. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. To family and close friends, she was better known as Ma because it was her nature to care for and mother everyone. She had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and right at home.

Most notable was her love for Jehovah God. In 1946 she studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and from that moment on was eager to share what she learned with everyone she knew. That love of Jehovah paired with her love of people motivated her to spend much of her time in the full-time ministry. This gave her great satisfaction as she helped many others to come to know and love her God Jehovah.

She is survived by her two daughters Sylvia Mann (Jon) and Merlynn Jacobs, daughter’s in-law Pearl Jacobs (Jerry), former daughter-in-law, Elaine Jacobs, brother Robert Bond (Ann), sixteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren, nine great- great grandchildren and two great- great- great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years Ed Jacobs, son Jerry Jacobs, her siblings: Otis “Jabbo” Bond Jr. (Mary); Ernest “Short” Bond (Margie); Ruth Ellen Collins (Noble-Swift); John Bond (Kathleen); Ted Bond (Sara).

Memorial Service arrangements for the remembrance of Merl’s life will be held on Zoom on a date yet to be determined.

Merl’s burial will be conducted at Lakeview Memorial Gardens on February 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and may be viewed on the Striffler-Hamby Facebook page as a live stream. Due to health precautions No in person attendance has requested by the family.


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Christopher Bowers

February 14, 2021

What a wonderful privilege I had with having her love bestowed upon me! My dear great grandmother, Ma. My earliest memories of the truth came from times when after a day of fishing and eating only one of the many "best dinner ever" was when we would sit in the family room and she would show me pictures from the publication "My Book of Bible Stories" and she would tell me all about the Paradise and her beloved God, Jehovah. Though I didn't exactly know what she was doing at the time, she planted many seeds in my heart about a God who's most dominate quality was also her most dominant quality, love. Ma loved without reserve and just like Jehovah it was unconditional. A true and beautiful woman of faith. I remember as a young kid I thought she went to sleep with makeup on! She was the most beautiful woman with the softest skin and an even softer heart. In great part because of her as well as the other extraordinary woman in my life I hold tightly to the hope of a day just around the corner when we throw a welcoming party for Ma and Pa as well as the many others who will "hear his voice and come out" to a resurrection of life.(John5:28,29) Ma always knew exactly what each of us kids needed and treated us all with love and patience. I remember being told the story about a time when, as a young child, I climbed the satilite pole right outside the back door of the house and when Ma came out and saw me she didn't panic or get frightened but instead, to keep me from panicking or being frightened and falling 20 or more feet, she calmly told me, "Christopher, Ma made some pie. You come down from there and come get you a piece of pie." I quickly climbed down in eager anticipation of that piece of pie! Safe and sound. And that was Ma, always knowing just what we needed and everything we liked and gave it to us with tender love and affection. Soon the day will be here when we stand "shoulder to shoulder" in worship of our Great God, Jehovah. (Zeph3:9)

Brenda Hanners

February 12, 2021

My beautiful, sweet Aunt Merl. I loved you so. You were a big part of all my good memories. So many good times growing up. Summers were the best!! Always plenty to do, never boring. You always made me feel special. You and Mother were the best of friends and we (your children) always felt like we belonged to both of you. Can’t wait for Jehovah to call your name. Until Paradise, you are in my heart. Love and happy memories to all.

Judy Stevens

February 12, 2021

I have fond memories of going to Aunt Merl's, we always had a wonderful time, singing and dancing playing with my cousins. Looking so forward to seeing her again.
Love to the family you ,all are in my prayers.

Tanya Williams

February 12, 2021

So many wonderful memories with ma and the Jacobs family! Picnics after field service, fish frys, spending the day with her in service always putting peanuts in her Dr Pepper! Picking fresh veggies from her garden in the summer watching her cook them! Eating leftovers after Monday night book study and being amazed how fast she could whip up some biscuits! She was so loving! Looking forward to seeing her in paradise

Jennifer Jacobs Cooper

February 12, 2021

22 years of age

Jennifer Jacobs Cooper

February 12, 2021

Ma and Pa

Rene Alexander

February 11, 2021

Ma, it was indeed an honor and a privilege to have her as a grandmother. Even with all of the grandchildren and everyone else who came and went there was always plenty of love for each one of us. Ma was a cool grandma. She could teach you how to fish, how to garden, how to milk a cow, how to kill and clean chickens and yet she ALWAYS had her hair done and her lipstick on. She loved to sing and dance and find joy in everything. There was never any doubt about her intense love for Jehovah and she wanted everyone to love him as she did. I wish I could share all of my wonderful memories but the internet just isn't big enough. I can still hear he telling me that I was fishing on credit when she saw that I had no bait on my hook, teaching me how to know if a watermelon was ripe and trying (mostly without success) to teach me the importance of always wearing lipstick. A vision I have in my head is probably shared by all of the “kids”. We are coming back up the hill from the lake-house and we had to press a hand into the small of Ma’s back and gently push her up the hill. She probably didn't need our help but we really thought we were her only chance to make it back to the house. From before sunrise to well into the night she made the energizer bunny look like a sloth. Home to me is the smell of Ma’s cooking or canning, the dining room table full of homemade cakes or fresh biscuits at every meal (we were not 300 pounds because she sent us outside to run it off). Her heart seemed to know no bounds. She never, not for one second, made us feel like we were a burden or too much work. I never remember her loosing her cool or raising her voice. I do remember “don’t dispute my word”. She taught us a healthy respect for our elders and to love one another. She opened her big heart and just gave and gave until there was no more want.

In great part because of her love and her example I too put my trust in the Bible’s promise at John 11:25 where Jesus said: “I am the resurrection

Cindy Fuller

February 11, 2021

Ma was a special person to me I thank Jehovah for her she study the Bible with me. She taught me so many thing. And anytime I needed her she was there for me. We spent many wonderful days in Ministry.

Helmut and Carol Gertjegerdes

February 11, 2021

Ma, as we knew her, was such a joy in our lives. After the weekly book (Bible) study in her home, it was special to enjoy eating whatever delicious meals were in her refrigerator. She taught our daughters how to cook yummy foods, such as blacks-eyed peas and collard greens. We look forward to welcoming her and Pa in the paradise- Revelation 21:3,4. Helmut, Carol, Petra, Mark, Helmut Jr. and Tanya plus eight young ones.

Janet Mahan

February 11, 2021

Aunt Merl was a wonderful person. I always loved and admired her. I can't wait to be young with her soon.