William “Bill” Edgar Ponders went home to be with the Lord August 4th, 2017.
He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Ponders, daughters Debbie (Max) Whitaker and Brenda (Tom) Hancock, stepdaughter Sheila (Les) Garrison, grandchildren Julie (Eric) Haines and Chris (Kristin) Hancock, step-granddaughter Leslie (Jason) Laughrun, great grandchildren Marissa, Alexis, Kendric and Makena Hancock, and Natalie and Sydney Corn. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruby Bradshaw, father Hollis Ponders and grandmother Hazel Shipman.
Bill was born May 6th, 1930 in Asheville, NC. He retired from Ryder in 1972 and was a lifelong resident of South Asheville. Bill was a man of few words and had a quick wit. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, camping with friends and family, birdwatching and flower gardening. Bill will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with Pastor Tim Earwood officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.