Harold Gordon Bone
Sad news has reached MTEMC that our current Board Member and past Chairman of the Board Gordon Bone collapsed while working on his farm today and has passed away.
Mr. Bone was a prominent Wilson County businessman and Middle Tennessee Electric board member for 35 years, serving as Chairman beginning in 1992.
Harold Gordon Bone was a native of Lebanon who graduated from Cumberland University and the University of Tennessee; he also graduated from the University of Virginia's Consumer Banking School. During his career, Mr. Bone served as a vice president of a large Tennessee bank for a number of years and also served as a director of First Bank & Trust in Mt. Juliet until its merger with a large regional bank in 1999. He joined Pinnacle Bank's board after serving on the board of Mid-America Bancshares since September 2006, and the subsidiary board at Bank of the South since 2001.
Since 1984, Mr. Bone has served on the board of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, where he served as chairman until 2015. During his long association with Middle Tennessee Electric, Gordon Bone led the co-op through some of its fastest-growing periods.
On learning of Mr. Bone’s sudden passing, MTEMC’s CEO and President Chris Jones said, “Gordon Bone was the definition of a great board member, and much of Middle Tennessee Electric’s success can be attributed to him fulfilling his role so well over the past 35 years, including his twenty-three year tenure as board chair. He was fiercely devoted to our electric cooperative and the members it serves. To me, he was a father figure, a trusted advisor and a good friend. I owe him a lot, and I will miss him dearly. Our earnest prayers go out to Pat, Hal, Suanne and the family.”
Current Board Chairman Mike Woods agreed, saying that, “Gordon Bone was a dear friend, a compassionate mentor in my transition as board chair, and a true servant leader in his many years of service to the cooperative. Though he made numerous contributions to the cooperative we could point to, I suspect none was he more proud of than leading the charge in the development of SharingChange, a program designed to help members give back to their communities – an incredible impact and legacy that will carry on for many generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of mourning.”
While Mr. Bone had many business interests, he also found time for community and charity work, serving as a vice-president of Community Progress Committee, Inc., a not-for-profit entity focusing on healthcare and education issues. Mr. Bone served on the board of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club, and as a director of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Tennessee Chapter. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Tennessee where he served as elder, deacon and trustee.
Visitation will be at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, in Lebanon on Friday, July 5 from 3-8 p.m. On Saturday, July 6, visitation starts at 10 a.m.; services will begin at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 304 W Main Street, Lebanon, Tennessee.