In Loving Memory
November 13, 1928 – June 22, 2018
Donald Richard Bounds, known by his friends and family as “Dickie” of Point Clear, Alabama passed away at the age of 89 on Friday, June 22, 2018 after suffering from a stroke in October 2017. Richard was born on November 13, 1928 in East St. Louis, IL. He was the son of Clarence Conrad Bounds and Florence Mathews Bounds. Richard graduated from UMS High School in Mobile, AL. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1951 where he also received his Juris Doctorate in 1956. During law school, he was a member of the Alabama Law Review. Richard also served in the U.S. Army in the medical unit during the Korean campaign. Richard married the love of his life, Anita Chamberlain Bounds in August 1973. He is predeceased by his two sons Donald Richard Bounds, Jr. and Russell Hampton Bounds.
In 1958, Richard Bounds and the late Robert T. Cunningham, Sr. founded the law firm of Cunningham Bounds, LLC which is now one of the premier plaintiffs’ law firms in the United States. His practice was focused on Personal Injury, General Negligence, Product Liability, Insurance Fraud, Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Admiralty and Maritime Law. Richard was the founding member and first President of the Mobile Bar Foundation, which supports charities and community projects in Mobile, AL. Richard also served as President of the Mobile Bar Association in 1994 and the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (1966-1967). In 2006, Richard received the Howell T. Heflin Award for his work on behalf of the Mobile Bar Association. Richard served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1972-1975), a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (which membership was limited to the top 500 premier trial lawyers in the world), a member of the International Society of Barristers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.
Richard believed in hard work and had a strong desire to help people both in his professional and personal life. He was involved in many charitable organizations and contributed to many great causes that benefited the Mobile and Alabama community; including establishing The Bounds YMCA located in Daphne, AL, the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama School of Law and The Bounds Chapel at St. James Episcopal Church. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Mobile Downtown YMCA and the Southwest Alabama YMCAs.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Anita, as well as his sister, Dorothea “Dottie” Bounds Long; his nephew, Arthur Henry Long (Robi Long); three nieces, Leslie Elizabeth Long, Julie Ann Lyons (Barry Lyons) and Anita Louise “Weezie” Roberson. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews, Jerrime Collins Kitsos, Jamie Kitsos Fago (Joey Fago), Arthur Henry Long IV and Summer Leigh Long, Anna Chamberlain Roberson, Richard Carlton Roberson, Jaxon Collins Kitsos, Elizabeth Jules Fago and Emelia Eloise Fago and many other family members and friends.
There will be a memorial service for Donald Richard Bounds at 1:00pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, AL, immediately followed by a reception at the Fairhope Inn. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to either The Bounds YMCA, The Bounds Scholarship Fund at the University of Alabama School of Law or St. James Episcopal Church. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.