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Dale Ponder


Dale Ponder, age 79, of Mena passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 in Mena.

He was born February 19, 1936 in Norman, Arkansas to the late Alvin Ponder and the late Etta Jane Driggers Ponder. He married Janet (Jett) Petty in 1956. After their three children were born, Dale and Janet moved to Washington State where they resided for the next forty years, with the exception of a short stint back in Arkansas. While in Washington, Dale worked hard and eventually had his own underground cable construction company.

His wife Janet passed away in 2001. After much consideration Dale dissolved the business and decided to move back to Arkansas. He later met and married Opal Zedlitz from Mena, Arkansas. They were able to travel to Washington State every summer until Dale’s health began to deteriorate finally disabling him completely.

Dale loved life and had a great sense of adventure. His family meant the world to him. He loved people and if you weren’t smiling after an encounter with Dale, well, you just weren’t listening.

Dale is survived by wife, Opal Ponder of the home; son, Dennis Ponder and wife Rosetta of Longview, Washington; daughters, Tammy Epperson and husband Alan of Longview, Washington, Terri Magazine and husband Rick of Paradise, California; step-sons, Scott Zedlitz and Ricky Zedlitz of Tyler Texas; grandchildren, Kevin, Kristen, Bryan, Derrick, Jason, Justin, and Rachel; step-grandchild, Logan Zedlitz; several great-grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Ponder and wife Iva of Norman, Arkansas; sister, Lucille Varnell of Norman, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Louise Ponder of Norman, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ray Ponder; sisters, Billie Jo Scott and Nelex “Sis”Ponder.

Mr. Ponder was sent for cremation and services will be announced later by the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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  1. Dale Ponder was a very special man. My husband loved his grandpa so very much. He always put a smile on my face when he would call me his sweetheart. He impacted everyone he came in contact with and his legacy will far outlive any of us. Rest in peace grandpa. You might be gone but never forgotten.

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