Arthur Ponder, Jr. was born January 9, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Shirley Ann Madaris and Arthur Porter Ponder, Sr. Both of his parents preceded him in death. Art departed this life peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Arthur leaves behind: his wife, Leslie (Webb) Ponder; five children, Lauren Culbreath (Domenic), Sommore Ponder, Malachi Washington, Arthur Ponder III and Noah Ponder; two step-children, Damien Young and Nira Jouett; three grandchildren, Alena Ponder, Aidan Ponder and Josiah Culbreath; siblings, LaToya Madaris, Bryant Hare (who preceded him in death), James Madaris III, Angila Madaris, Robert Madaris, Crystal Grier and Ardella Long. He also leaves behind two aunts, Sherry Pugh and Darlene Hare; two uncles, John (Butch) Hare and Berry Hare.
Arthur was also affectionately known as PJ. He attended Windsor Elementary, Merry Middle School and Hughes High School. Arthur graduated from Hughes High School in 1989. Shortly after high school, he became a Cadet for the Police Explorers Program. Arthur had a passion for cooking. He had dreams of one day owning a food truck and calling it “Peach Millie’s” after his grand-mother, Mildred Hare. At the time of his death, Arthur was a truck driver for Cohen Holdings Incorporated. Outside of cooking, Arthur enjoyed camping and anything that involved being outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and having long conversations about life.
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