Charles T. Ponder (C.T.)

Published 12:14 pm Thursday, May 5, 2022

Charles T. Ponder (C.T.), of Apalachicola, Florida, died peacefully Friday evening, April 22, 2022, at PruittHealth Southwood in Tallahassee after a lengthy illness.

C.T. was born July 23, 1940, to Charles O. Ponder and Alma O. Ponder of Apalachicola.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Francis Ponder, his granddaughter Alexandria Johanna Manning, and his wife of 54 years, Myra Hodge Ponder.  He is survived by his son, Charles T. Ponder, Jr. “Chuck” (Lisa), Havana, Florida, daughter Georgiana Manning (Paul), Washington, North Carolina, grandchildren Shannon & Russell Ponder and Amanda & Elizabeth Manning, and cousins Rosemary George of Tallahassee, Florida, and Melanie G. Waddell (Jimmy) of Apalachicola, Florida.

C.T. was a lifelong resident of “Apalach” until November of 2019 when he and Myra moved to Red Hills Retirement Village in Tallahassee to be closer to family.  C.T. graduated from Chapman High School. He attended Chipola Junior College and later graduated from Florida State University. He enjoyed a lengthy career in Franklin County education as an english teacher, coach, administrator, and in his last eight years as county school superintendent.  C.T. was a faithful and lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served for many years as both vestry member and lector.  In this congregation and community, he leaves behind many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10am on Saturday June 25, 2022 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 79 6th St, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 ((850) 653-9550).

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola.