Jacksonville - Funeral services for Herman Douglas Ponder, 81, will be Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Williams, with the Rev. Chris Thomas, Dr. Mike Oliver and the Rev. Bob McLeod officiating. Burial will be in Williams Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 6-8 tonight. Mr. Ponder died Thursday, December 12, 2013, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Martha Faye Ponder, of Jacksonville; four daughters, Cindy Newsome, of Jacksonville; Leslie Phillips and her husband, David, of Union Grove, Allison Ostrander and her husband, Mel, of Jacksonville and Camille Chitwood and her husband, Joe, of Jacksonville; two sons, Sean Ponder and his wife, Patti, of Jacksonville and Tyler Ponder and his wife, Wendy, of Jacksonville; three sisters, Dolores Green , Kay Smith and Joyce Connell, all of Jacksonville; two brothers, Charles Ponder and Marion Ponder, both of Jacksonville; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Chris Newsome, Jeremy Quinn, Robbie Quinn, Reid Ponder, Nick Howard, Jack Ponder and Wendell McGinnis. Honorary pallbearers will be his special friends, Wallace Almaroad, Jim Justice and Jimmy Green and the Doug Ponder Sunday School Class Members. Doug was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Williams, a church Deacon and Sunday School teacher for 53 years. He was known for his wisdom and wit and was an avid sports fan, especially for the Auburn Tigers. Doug was honored recently by his Sunday School Class by having the class named for him. He retired from Gadsden State Community College where he was the Information Technology Director. After retirement, Doug taught as adjunct faculty at Jacksonville State University and Ayers Technical School. Doug served his country during the Korean war in the U.S. Army. Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Williams Building Fund, 5579 Nisbet Lake Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Online condolences at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet Street, N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265 Phone 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 14, 2013