Glen Murphy Ponder, 97, passed away in Father’s arms on September 2, 2022. He lived his life as an example to others and loved his Almighty Lord. A southern gentleman at heart, the epitome of a good man. Glen was born June 12, 1925, in Spring Ridge, Louisiana, and was predeceased by his parents, Kate and Henry Ponder; wife of sixty years, Melba Rita Brown Ponder, and her sister, Alma Lurline Edwards. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Ponder Smith (Tommy) of Bossier City, LA, his granddaughters Holly Smith of Dallas, TX, and Amber Lane of Philadelphia, PA, his brother Maurice Ponder of Bossier City, LA, as well as as many special nieces and nephews. Glen experienced a full and loving family upbringing as the younger brother of three children. He shared a life of ministry and honor with his many friends and family, growing up on a farm in Spring Ridge. Gospel music was part of his life from an early age and he started playing the piano at an early age. At the age of five, he fell from a cart and lost part of a finger. The accident never hampered his talent as a pianist. As a youth he played for the Stamps-Baxter Gospel Aires Quartet and played for many years for Central Park Baptist Church and Spring Ridge Baptist Church. Glen enlisted in the army and served in World War II, ranking as a private first class. He worked as a field medic on the front line of the battlefield. Glen fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war. Glen received the Purple Heart. After returning from the war, he worked as a carpenter in residential construction. Everyone who knew Glen knew he was the most loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle you could have. He was a lifelong Christian, veteran, pianist and devoted family man. A true gentleman, genuinely modest, had a gentle, self-effacing, generous nature, sincerely loyal, humble and full of great kindness. Patience now father and know that your family will return your earthly body to a small country cemetery near where you began your earthly journey. And because we loved and adored you so much, we will miss you and honor you in our memory every day. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Spring Ridge Baptist Church, 5200 LA-175, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., preceding the funeral. Honoring Glen as pallbearers will be members of the Fort Polk Honor Guard. The family would like to thank cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Davis and Hospice of Natchitoches for their compassionate care. They would also like to thank all of their family and friends for their support and prayers, especially Gene Craig, Buddy Free, the late Ted Desoto, the late Clyde Gaddis and the late AD Johnson, who spent time with Glen prior to his passing. and made him feel very loved. Special thanks to Jimmy Golden and his mother, from Golden’s, who served Glen a burger and fries every Wednesday, which brought him great joy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chimp Haven, 13600 Chimpanzee Place, Keithville, LA 71047. www.chimphaven.org.
Posted on September 04, 2022
Published in the Shreveport Times