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Mr. John Pernell Ponder, 52 Went home to be with the lord on Saturday October 14, 2017 in Memphis, TN.  John served his county in the US Army. 

Visitation Friday October 20, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Funeral service Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00 a.m. all services held at Oak Grove M.B. Church 7289 Stage Rd. ( Highway 64) with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery 5668 Poplar Ave. 

R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home 374 Vance Ave. has Charge 

Mr. John Pernell Ponder
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    I wish to express my sincerest sympathy to the Ponder family and friends because of losing John recently in death, way too soon. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, the pain and grief seems unbearable. Our loving God, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), understands how we feel and he comforts us by means of his word the Bible. Psalm 34: 18 tells us: "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40 and John 11:23-25) Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago." Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17:3 Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences. Feel free to contact me if you wish at my email address; myranj@centurytel.net I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this beautiful video (song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" https://tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODChildren/pub-pksn_24_VIDEO or watch this faith strengthening video: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?" https://vimeo.com/232445509
    ~ M J Jarmon of Dothan, Ala.