Stephen R. Ponder, 53, of New Smyrna Beach, died on Feb. 23 at his home. He was a partner with Van Houten, Ponder & Hahl, P.A. in Daytona Beach. As a local attorney he practiced exclusively in civil litigation, emphasizing in commercial-related matters, business disputes, contract claims, real property disputes and selected personal injury claims. He attended University of Florida where he graduated with a B.A. in 1981, continuing his education at Florida State University receiving his J.D., and graduating with honors in 1984. He was admitted to Florida Bar in 1985 and was a Certified Circuit Mediator (1992-present), a member of the American Mediation Association, Inc. (1992-present) and was part of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (1985-present). Stephen was also a member of the Coronado shuffleboard club and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He had a heart of gold and always made the effort to make someone feel appreciated everywhere he went. Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years Linda, daughters, Morgan and Carling and a grandson Beau. Stephen's family will receive friends at The Daytona International Speedway in the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, February 28 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm with a Celebration of his life beginning at 6:00 pm. The family has requested, as a way of remembering Stephen, that if you will be coming straight from work to please wear your brightest/wildest tie, if not, brightly colored clothing would be more than appropriate. Anyone who knows Stephen knows of his appreciation for bright, colorful clothing. They have requested memorials be made in his name to The
, 1500 Beville Road, Suite 606, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2014