Mr. Clifford Ponders, 76, of Chatsworth, departed this life Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2013, at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.
Clifford was born May 29, 1937, in Murray County, a son of Lawrence Acworth and Roxie Southerland Ponders. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Ruby Rogers, Bonnie Ruth Cloer, Geraldine Verhine and Mary Earley, and his brothers, Garland, Wilburn (Jay), Willard (Mutt), Willie, Clem, Neal and Tony Ponders.
Clifford was a member of Central Community Church in Chatsworth and loved to sing. He was retired from Collins & Aikman Corp. after 40 years of service and his last job was answering the telephone at Ponders Funeral Home.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie Ponders, and the mother of his son, Estelle Parker Ponders, both of Dalton; sister and brothers-in-law, Anna and Richard Harkins of Chatsworth, and Walter “Pete” Verhine of White; sister-in-law, Sandra Ponders of Chatsworth; special nieces, Tammy Witt and her fiance, Lynn Allen of Copperhill, Tenn., and Tina and Jay Spuduck of Chatsworth; special friends, Julia Ridings of Dalton, and Pricilla Painter and her sons, of Tampa, Fla.; and other nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Clifford Ponders will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. Edwin Puckett and the Rev. Lonnie Starnes officiating. He will be laid to rest at Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery in Murray County with Johnny Rogers, Marvin Rogers, Ricky Cloer, Johnny Cloer, Junior Verhine, Terry Ponders, Jerry Smith, Ricky Kendrick and Joseph Wright serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel today from 4 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.