David E. “Buddy” Ponsell Jr., 83, of Blackshear, died Thursday evening, September 24, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross, after an extended illness.
He was born in Brunswick, to the late David Earl Ponsell Sr., and Laura Goodbread Ponsell. He grew up in Arco, just outside of Brunswick. He graduated from Glynn Academy High School and worked for Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company. He would eventually retire from Georgia Pacific. He moved to Waycross in 1978, and eventually settled at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club in the early 1980s. In Waycross he came out of retirement briefly to work with Donnie Strickland’s State Farm Agency. He was an avid golfer. He was an active member and equity shareholder of Okefenokee Golf and Country Club, where he served as President of the Men’s Golf Association. He also loved to cook, bake and grill. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Darron Ponsell; three sisters, Billie Plummer, Diane Parker and Sandra Parker, and one brother, Ronnie Ponsell.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Ponsell, Blackshear; his son, David E. “Dave” Ponsell III and his wife Michelle, Kathleen; five grandchildren, Mario Ponsell and his wife Cristina, Brooklyn, NY, Ryan Ponsell, Arvada, CO, Brianne Ponsell, Raeford, NC, Ashley Ponsell, Waycross, Dana Ponsell, Sanford, NC; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Deborah Patterson, Arco; one sister-in-law, Juanda Ponsell, Griffin; one brother-in-law, Jerry Lowe and his wife Joanne, Salt Lake City, UT and numerous other relatives.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.