1861 - 1920
|The angels have visited the Louisiana Conference and Rev. W. P. Mason
has joined the Church Triumphant, and are now safe at home.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on his gentle breast,
Safe from this world's temptations
Sweetly- their souls doth rest."
We sincerely feel the loss caused by the departure of this consecrated men of God, but we humbly bow in submission to His will and we are saying "the will of the Lord be done." Yes, we shall miss him; miss his presence, miss his counsel, but his consecrated influence shall remain and live on and on and will always be an inspiration to us, helping us onward over life's battles.
We commend the example of this noble Christian man to the entire membership of our church and may his sacred sweet memories burn in each heart as long as we are known to time.
We now bid "farewell" until we too shall "all be gathered home."
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, South, 1920, by. T. N. Warner, W. W. McDonald, MRS. M. E. Bartlett, W. M. Platt, and L. H. Swazzee.|
Additional Information from his great-granddaughter Cheryl Parrish
Dred Thornton Ponder was born the 20 Nov 1861 at Union Co. Arkansas and died the 23 Oct 1920. He is buried at the old Eros Cemetery, in Eros, Jackson Parish, Louisiana. He was married three times. He first married Lillia Lillian Goodenough of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. They married the 21 of Dec 1882. She was born the 20 Feb 1868 and died the 5 May 1890. She is buried at Silom Springs near Wyatt, Jackson Parish, Louisiana. He second married Ninnie Victoria Prestridge. They married the 8 Jul 1890. She was born the 17 Jun 1873 and died the 5 May 1916. She is buried at the old Eros Cemetery in Eros, Jackson Parish, Louisiana.