Francis Marion Ponder
Francis Marion "Frank" Ponder was the son of Charles William and Mary Ponder. He was born 18 May 1864 in Ouachita County, Arkansas. Census records indicate he was the last of four children born to the couple. Francis Marion moved from Ouachita County and was living in Prairie Bayou Township in Hot Springs County, Arkansas when the 1880 census was taken. He had lost his father and was living with his widowed mother; two older brothers, John T. R. and James H. Ponder; and one sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Ponder.
Francis Marion Ponder married (1) Alice M. Lewis 07 February 1884 in Lewisville, Lafayette County, Arkansas (Vol: D, p. 145). She was born Abt. 1865, and died Bef. 1891 in Gregg County, Texas. She is buried in Alpine Cemetery in Longview, Gregg County, Texas
Francis Marion married (2) Georgia Zenobia "Nobie" Whatley 30 December 1891 in Longview, Gregg County, Texas (#189).
Nobie was the daughter of Hiram Whatley and Georgia Ann F. Stone. She was born 24 December 1874 in Longview, Gregg County, Texas.
FRANCIS MARION "FRANK" PONDER and GEORGIA ZENOBIA
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Frank and Nobie Ponder
Marion "Frank" Ponder died 03 August 1941 in Yowell,
Hunt County, Texas (Death Certificate). He was buried 04 August
1941 in Reilly Springs Cemetery in Hopkins County, Texas
Mortuary: August 1941, (4160) Tap Funeral Home - ordered by H. M. Ponder
Georgia Zenobia "Nobie" (Whatley) Ponder had a heart attack and died in at her home in Reily Springs, Hopkins County, Texas on 23 October 1944 (Vol: 8, p. 509). She had lived in Reily Springs 45 years when she died. Funeral services were held 25 Ocotber 1944 in the Methodist Church in Reily Springs. She had 1 brother living: Eddie Whatley of Longview, Texas and 2 sisters: Mrs. R. E. Attlesey of Route 2 in Sulphur Springs and Mrs. Alla Adrian of Longview, Texas (Tapps Funeral home record) Nobie is buried alongside Francis Marion Ponder in Reilly Springs Cemetery in Hopkins County, Texas.
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Elizabeth Betty (Ponder)
Rays' death certificate has her father listed as William Ponder.
He is listed as Charles W. in census records.
1850 Camden City, Ouachita County, Arkansas
1860 Carroll, Union, and Freeo, Ouachita, AR - Page: 159A, Line:
1870 Carroll, Ouachita County, Arkansas
1880 Prairie Bayou, Hot Springs, Arkansas - Page: 554B, Line: 41
1900 Justice Precinct 1, Hopkins, Texas - Page: 54A, Line: 13
1910 Precinct 6, Hopkins, TX
1930 Star Ridge Community, Precinct 3, Hopkins County, Texas