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Roscoe Hubert Ponder


March 5, 2018

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Roscoe Hubert Ponder

Roscoe Hubert Ponder, 90, of Penrose, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. at his home.

Born in Madison County, N.C. April 16, 1927, to the late Cleophas and May Ponder. He was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters; and one granddaughter, Mindy Ponder.

He served his country as a combat engineer during World War II and the Korean War. He moved to Transylvania County in 1956, where he enjoyed playing guitar, chewing tobacco and coaching softball.

He was a simple man who never met a stranger. He loved to sit on his front porch counting cars that passed by.

Survivors include the love of his life for 69 years, Grace Robinson Ponder; two sons, Ronnie Ponder and wife, Diana, of Penrose and Joey Ponder and wife, Sherry, of Rosman; two daughters, Dinna Norton, of Little River and Cathy Bond and husband, Keith, of Little River; one sister, Zell Willis, of Mars Hill; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to his caregivers, Susie Finch, Micki Hughes, Becky Hines, Becka Teague and Patricia McMichael.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Little River Baptist Church, with Rev. Chris Farmer, Rev. Nelson Ponder and Rev. Bill Ponder officiating.

The family received friends from 1 until 3:30 p.m.

Interment followed in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Transylvania County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 51 Little River Church Road, Penrose, NC 28766.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations, 181 S. Caldwell St., in Brevard, cared for the family.


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