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Jonathan G. Pound

MANSFIELD: "I don't want to waste my cancer," was Jonathan Pound's response to the unexpected diagnosis fifteen months ago of stage 4 cancer. He knew that facing trials that tested his faith developed perseverance, and perseverance's finished work is maturity and completeness (James 1:2-4).

Jonathan's completion, within God's Will, achieved a perfect work, as he was delivered from his earthly body to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday morning March 6. Jonathan was at home, surrounded by his devoted family. He was 23.

Born January 3, 1988 in Mansfield, Jonathan was the third son born to Pastor David & Sharon (Miller) Pound. Jonathan's wide grin and piercing eyes were constant reminders of the vitality of youth and his passion for truth.

He attended Lexington High School and was graduated from Mansfield Christian School in 2006. Jonathan was a senior at Toccoa Falls (GA) College studying communications.

While in high school Jon wrestled on Lexington's varsity team and during his senior year he was goalie for Mansfield Christian's soccer team. He was also active in the Berean Baptist youth program.

Rock climbing was another of Jonathan's hobbies. The challenge of the "climb" coupled with the surrounding nature made climbing a perfect sport for Jonathan.

He had a deep love for nature and the outdoors, and that was a major fact in his decision to attend Toccoa Falls College. A small college nestled in the Appalachian Mountains; it was there that Jonathan flourished as a Christian leader. While at school, he served as a member of The Student Government Association as "Social Life Director," and Jonathan immersed himself in planning exciting events for the college.

Quite the coffee connoisseur, Jonathan spearheaded and designed the "coffee shop," a student center built by Jonathan along with help from friends. More than a place for coffee, it was a retreat for the students. The shop was just recently named in his honor, "Coffee by the Pound."

While in Georgia, Jonathan found yet another way for serving Christ. On weekends and over the course of one summer, he worked as camp leader for Adventure Respite in Clarksville, Georgia. There, Jonathan mentored inner city kids…he shared his life with them. Jonathan guided camping trips and planned day excursions, or simply read books to them.

Always the planner, Jonathan scheduled fun and exciting camping trips to destinations such as the Adirondacks. He enjoyed the breathtaking views and being outdoors, but his love was in sharing those moments with his closest friends. Although active and always busy, because of Christ, Jonathan remained grounded and humble. Sustained by the love of God and prayer, Jonathan's profound character only strengthened throughout his battle with cancer. He didn't want to "waste his cancer"- rather he seized it as an opportunity to develop an authentic faith, remaining faithful and proactive in his pursuit of Christ. He personified the Soren Kierkegaard quote: "The choices we make do not reflect who we are but determine who we are."

He is survived by his parents Pastor David & Sharon Pound of Mansfield; brothers and sisters-in-law Benjamin & Heidi Pound of Minneapolis, MN and Matthew & Audrey Pound of Mansfield; a niece Liesl and another niece on the way; his maternal grandparents Arlie and Wilda Miller of Ellwood, PA along with loving aunts, uncles, cousins and a large circle of friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Homer and Ann Pound and Ken Enyeart; and uncles Terry Miller and Al Boshers.

Jonathan's family will receive friends Friday, March 11, 2011 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. A worship service, giving glory to God for Jonathan's life will be held Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the church building.

Memorial contributions to Berean Missions may be made at the church or through Snyder Funeral Home.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pound family; private condolences to them may be made online at:

"Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fail, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stall, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The sovereign Lord is my strength" (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Published in the News Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2011
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