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Byron Paul Ponder

July 1, 1947 ~ April 26, 2019 (age 71)

Byron Paul Ponder, of Yosemite, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. He was 71.

Born on July 1, 1947, in Brooksville, Indiana, he was a son of the late Alfred and Mary Morgan Ponder.

Paul was a gate hauler, manufacturer, and salesman. He was also a timberman, excavator, and tobacco farmer. He formerly owned and operated Ponder’s Skating Rink in Yosemite. He became a member of Middleburg Baptist Church in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen Hines Ponder, who he wed on November 30, 1966, of Yosemite; a daughter, Kathy (Kenneth) Lucas of Middleburg; a son, Paul (Sonja) Ponder, Jr. of Liberty; four sisters, Margaret Black, Bonnie Smither, Thelma Shirey, and Francis Davis; three brothers, Jimmy Ponder, Robbie Ponder, and Eddie Ponder; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters, Pauline Durham, Wanda Joyce Ponder, and Sarah Ponder; and one brother, Franklin Ponder.

Bro. Keith Bowling officiated a private burial for Mr. Ponder at Willow Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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