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Weaverville - Roger Dale Ponder, 62 passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Charles George VA Medical Center. He was born in Madison County to the late Stanley and Rellie Ponder Hollifield. He is also preceded in death by two brothers Houston Ponder, brother-in-law Kyle Begley. He was employed with Hayes and Lunsford and was a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church. He was a US Army Veteran.
Surviving are his wife Mary Lou Lunsford Ponder of the home, daughter Mary Daniela Benson and husband Jacob, son Darryll Ponder and wife Shian, sisters; Ruby and husband Roy Shepherd, Doris Begley, brothers; Rev. Bill Ponder and wife Brenda, Harlon Ponder and wife Frances, John Ponder and wife Lois, Rev. James (Nelson) Ponder and wife Sharon, Mike Ponder and wife Lynda, sister-in-law Kay Ponder, grandchildren; Meghan Ponder, Loreali and Lane Benson, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Service. Reverends Bill Ponder and Nelson Ponder will officiate. Burial will follow in Locust Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors by Mars Hill FW post #5283. The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The John Ponder Benefit, Attn: Ruby Shepherd at Suntrust Bank, Weaverville Blvd., Weaverville, NC 28787
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from May 27 to May 29, 2013