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Melody Diane Parnell Ponder, 55, died at her home March 1. Funeral services were held March 4 at the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan Skipper officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Visitation was held March 4 from 10-11a.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. Burial followed at Ebenezer East Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Ponder was preceded in death by her grandparents Luther and Eddie Voy Branum and Grover and Mary Parnell. She is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Ponder; parents, Allen B and Naomi Parnell; sisters, Donna “Neise” Williams (Russell) and Susan Nelson (Keith); sister-in-law, Charlotte Turner; brother-in-law, Arnold Ponder (Rebecca); nieces, Kristen Culver (Craig) and Shea Turner; nephews, Blake Corey, Rusty Williams and Koby Nelson, Tommy Turner (Christy), Tra Ponder (Crystal), and Russell Ponder; great-neices, McKenzie Turner, Sierra Turner and Elizabeth Ponder; great-nephews, Craig R. Culver, III “Trey”, Carson Culver, Case Culver, Eric Ponder, Stephen Ponder and Joseph Ponder.

Pallbearers were Russell Williams, Koby Nelson, Blake Corey, Tra Ponder, Gabe Langford, Tommy Turner, Craig Culver and Rusty Williams.

Mrs. Ponder was born on Dec. 10, 1961, attended and was a member of Ebenezer East Baptist Church. For online condolences, please visit

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