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Franklin Delano Pond

November 11, 1932November 9, 2020

Franklin Delano Pond, a native of Crewe, Virginia, passed away on November 9, 2020, two days shy of his 88th birthday. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marye Shelton Pond; daughter Ann Pond Lupton and her husband Michael of Wilson, NC; grandsons John Lupton, James Lupton and wife Kristin, and Robert Lupton and wife Hollie; and four great-grandchildren Bradley, Natalie, Rhea, and Jackson Lupton. His beautiful and intelligent daughter Mary Jane Pond predeceased him in 1991. He was the son of Charles Gibson Pond and Mary Alma Lutton Pond of Crewe. He was the youngest and last survivor of eleven siblings: Richard, Marcus (Mike), Charles, Mary Alma (Mamie), Leonard (Ginty), Vernon, John, Henry, Everett (Page), and Virginia (Polly).

Frank was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who showed his love through hard work. He worked for Virginia National Bank and Southside Electric Cooperative. He could fix anything and worked many side jobs to support his family. Frank was known for his love of gardening and would grow enough watermelons, cantaloupes, and tomatoes for the whole neighborhood. Summer visitors were expected to shell butter beans and peas. In his own strong, quiet way he supported Marye’s youth ministry and church involvement. He was the anchor for the butterfly. He taught his family stability and the importance of helping others. He loved his homeplace in Crewe and continued to visit even after it was sold.

The family regrets that a memorial gathering will have to be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.thomasyelverton.com.

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Cathy & Dave Ribar

November 17, 2020

I've been lucky to have known Frank for a long time. His daughter, MJ, and I became close friends in college, and she always spoke lovingly of him; when we met, I understood why. He was usually quiet around me, but I could tell he had a proud and fierce love for his family. Whenever I saw him, we'd greet and there would be a hint of a smile and twinkle, as if he was waiting to hear what mischief the two of us had gotten into. Over the years, I always felt welcome and felt like family. There are too many individual memories to write down; I remember him in all of my many visits to Crewe--with MJ, with Dave, with Dave and my boys--and then visits to Wilson. We last saw him in August, and though he was trailing an oxygen tail, he was still Frank and I still felt welcomed. He was a truly good man, and we will miss him.

Tony Staylor

November 11, 2020

I knew Frank well he and his family used to live across the street from us on Oliver Avenue in Crewe. He was definitely remembered for his large garden in the back yard of his house

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