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DeWayne Ponder

January 28, 1952July 4, 2021
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Celebrating the life of DeWayne Ponder, born January 28, 1952 in Detroit, MI, to the late Edward and Louise Ponder. DeWayne is from a large family of 9 children. His father taught his sons a disciplined work-ethic by having them work along-side him with his lawn business. DeWayne carried this work-ethic into his adult life in how he maintained and took pride into his own home. DeWayne accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2001. He stayed faithful to his church, Word of Faith International Christian Center, by serving in the parking lot ministry.

DeWayne was educated in the Detroit Public School System. One of his favorite pastimes was baseball. He was the first African-American All-City Baseball Recipient at Finney High School. He continued to play baseball as an adult with different community leagues, coworkers, and friends. DeWayne’s career spanned many years in the automotive industry until his retirement with M.E.C. Stahl’s in 2020.

DeWayne married the love of his life in 2002. They grew up as childhood neighbors and they reunited 29 years later. Keeping his promise, they enjoyed a life full of happiness for over 19 years. He affectionately called her his “First Lady.”

DeWayne loved people! To know him was to love him and the best part was the way he loved you back. This love was also displayed by his nephew Tyrice who provided support to his Aunt Gilda during these last several weeks.

His loved ones who preceded him in death are his daughters, Tanisha “Tina” Browning, Nichole Ponder; his siblings, Melvin Ponder Sr, Eleanor “LA” Grandberry, Franklin Jerome Ponder, Sharon Denise Ponder and Gloria Diane Lowery.

DeWayne leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Gilda; his children, Alvina (Sylvanus) Williams, Brian (Karen) Cooper, Ta’mara (Kevin) Lewis, Antionette (Darius) Jones; his siblings, James (Anne) Ponder, Gwendolyn Clemons, Angela Knight; his grandchildren, Alexis Ponder, Janell Ponder, Alayna Johnson, Djuan Almanza, Kendall Cooper and Samantha Cooper. A beloved Mother-in-Law, Emma Browning and a host of loving relatives and friends.

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Meeting ID: 624 987 5412 Passcode: 01281952

  • FAMILY

  • Gilda Ponder, Wife
  • Alvina (Sylvanus) Williams, Daughter
  • Brian (Karen) Cooper, Son
  • Ta’mara (Kevin) Lewis, Daughter
  • Antionette (Darius) Jones, Daughter
  • James (Anne) Ponder, Brother
  • Gwendolyn Clemons, Sister
  • Angela Knight, Sister
  • Alexis Ponder, Grandchild
  • Janell Ponder, Grandchild
  • Alayna Johnson, Grandchild
  • Djuan Almanza, Grandchild
  • Kendall Cooper, Grandchild
  • Samantha Cooper, Grandchild
  • Emma Browning, Mother-in-law
  • And a host of loving relatives and friends.


    His loved ones who preceded him in death are his daughters, Tanisha “Tina” Browning, Nichole Ponder; his siblings, Melvin Ponder Sr, Eleanor “LA” Grandberry, Franklin Jerome Ponder, Sharon Denise Ponder and Gloria Diane Lowery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

  • Instate

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

Memories

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Patricia Wysinger

July 16, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Mrs Ponder and the Ponder family. Mr. Ponder was such a kind and caring man with a big heart and smile to match. You will truly be missed sir rest well our friend another angel has taking flight.

Myia & Mitchell Przybylski

July 14, 2021

Thank you Lord , for blessing us with such a strong God fearing man in our lives. Thank you for my Auntie Gilda ❤. You both are the definition of consistency, love, honesty, and so much more. You both have always been here for us and I am forever grateful. I miss your smile so very much. Thank you for being our Uncle and inspiration . We love you both so very much.

Lisa Yake

July 14, 2021

So many memories I have of Mr. D but there are a few I will always cherish our Rivalry will always stay with me every year I watch the Michigan/Michigan state football game I shall think of you. But most of all I will miss your friendship all the talks we had you were always there humble and kind! I know when you reached the pearly gates the first thing you heard was well done my good and faithful servant. This is not goodbye this is see you later.

Harvey & Augusta Bonner

July 14, 2021

DeWayne always showed the Love of Jesus to everyone. He was our God-given "little" brother. He truly shined BIG for Jesus. What a kind and anointed man of God. We will miss our hugs and fun talks from "Faith Group" times. We love & appreciate the BLESSING he was to us and so many others.

Linda Allen

July 13, 2021

To know him was to love him. Everyone who ever met Mr. D (his name at MEC) absolutely loved him! He was just an all around wonderful man that I cherished with all my heart as a very dear friend! Linda Allen

Carol Craine

July 13, 2021

From the first Time I met Wayne I seen how he looked at Gilda and the loving relationship they had and the love that was in his eyes. Gilda I know you will miss him so much but he will always be with you each day. Because Wayne will live in your heart and memories until you see each other again. He will still look out for you , it's just from above. Wayne was a good man and I know he will be missed by all. Sending many prayers, much love and hugs to you Gilda and the rest of his family.
Carol Craine

Cecil Ellem

July 13, 2021

Wayne, I remember when your family first moved on St.Clair. We became great lifelong friends. You were the best 3rd base player I had ever seen along with football and basketball. Man, we shared some great times growing up and thru the years. I am truly saddened by your demise but I will cherish the memories forever. A real standup guy. My Condolences to the family. God keep. RIH.

Adeshewa Metzger

July 13, 2021

Wayne us Metzgers love you and we cherish all of our memories together. God Bless.

Crystal Anderson

July 13, 2021

Gilda and Family,
Sending my condolences, love and prayers. It was such a joy to see Wayne serving at church, he always had a smile on his face. I'm praying that God's Peace that passes all understanding will comfort your minds and hearts.✨💖✨ RIH Wayne

I love you Gilda💕

James Jenkins

July 12, 2021

Dewayne Ponder was one of the nicest people I ever met.
Always willing to help you if he could and I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He always greeted me with a smile and
was quick to tell you he was blessed and pointed upward indicating it was because of the Lord! He will definitely be missed. My condolences to his wonderful wife and family. Rest well my friend!

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Biography

Celebrating the life of DeWayne Ponder, born January 28, 1952 in Detroit, MI, to the late Edward and Louise Ponder. DeWayne is from a large family of 9 children. His father taught his sons a disciplined work-ethic by having them work along-side him with his lawn business. DeWayne carried this work-ethic into his adult life in how he maintained and took pride into his own home.

DeWayne accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2001. He stayed faithful to his church, Word of Faith International Christian Center, by serving in the parking lot ministry.

DeWayne was educated in the Detroit Public School System. One of his favorite pastimes was baseball. He was the first African-American All-City Baseball Recipient at Finney High School. He continued to play baseball as an adult with different community leagues, coworkers, and friends. DeWayne’s career spanned many years in the automotive industry until his retirement with M.E.C. Stahl’s in 2020.

DeWayne married the love of his life in 2002. They grew up as childhood neighbors and they reunited 29 years later. Keeping his promise, they enjoyed a life full of happiness for over 19 years. He affectionately called her his “First Lady.”

DeWayne loved people! To know him was to love him and the best part was the way he loved you back. This love was also displayed by his nephew Tyrice who provided support to his Aunt Gilda during these last several weeks.

His loved ones who preceded him in death are his daughters, Tanisha “Tina” Browning, Nichole Ponder; his siblings, Melvin Ponder Sr, Eleanor “LA” Grandberry, Franklin Jerome Ponder, Sharon Denise Ponder and Gloria Diane Lowery.

DeWayne leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Gilda; his children, Alvina (Sylvanus) Williams, Brian (Karen) Cooper, Ta’mara (Kevin) Lewis, Antionette (Darius) Jones; his siblings, James (Anne) Ponder, Gwendolyn Clemons, Angela Knight; his grandchildren, Alexis Ponder, Janell Ponder, Alayna Johnson, Djuan Almanza, Kendall Cooper and Samantha Cooper. A beloved Mother-in-Law, Emma Browning and a host of loving relatives and friends.