"And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” ~Revelation 1: 4
Jimmie Ponton, Jr. the eldest of six children, born to the parentage of the late Jimmie Sr. and Viola Jordan Ponton, began his journey through life on Tuesday, September 26, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, North Carolina.
‘June Bug’, as he was fondly called by his family and friends, was educated in the Northampton County School System. Early in life, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, was baptized and united in Christian fellowship with the Faithful Band Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, North Carolina.
Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. - Viktor E. Frankl. As a man, he loved his family with all of his heart, ‘June Bug’ worked tirelessly to provide for them. He labored for numerous years in the construction industry - a true jack-of-all-trades. In his spare time, you could often find him fishing or hunting. He also found great joy in bringing everyone together for cookouts at his home. He believed and lived by the phrase “The best way to find yourself is to love yourself in service to others”. ‘June Bug’ had a big heart and gave freely of himself to his family. He will missed by all those whose lives he touched.
I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me, So put me on a boat headed out to sea. Please send along my fishing pole, For I’ve been invited to the fishin’ hole. Where every day is a day to fish, To fill your heart with every wish. Don’t worry, or feel sad for me, I’m fishin’ with the Master of the sea. We will miss each other for awhile, But you will come and bring your smile. That won’t be long you will see, Till we’re together you and me. To all of those that think of me, Be happy as I go out to sea. If others wonder why I’m missin’, Just tell ’em I’ve gone fishin’. On Monday, April 26, 2021; while at Northampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, North Carolina, our dear loved one peacefully slept away. In addition to his parents, ‘June Bug’ was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Memories are treasures no one can steal, death is the heartache nothing can heal. Some may forget you now that you are gone, but we who remain shall remember you no matter how long: his loving and devoted wife of fifty-five years, Virginia ‘Sis’ Ponton of the home; daughter, Bettie Ruffin (Paul) of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; son, James Tyron Ponton of Emporia, Virginia; granddaughter, Shertoria Ruffin of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; grandson, James Tyrell Ponton of Virginia; great-grandson, Tyler James Ponton of Boston, Massachusetts; three sisters, Beatrice Brown of Seaboard, North Carolina, Elizabeth Newsome of Garysburg, North Carolina and Ruth Hicks of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends
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