Florence Mae “Pon” <I>Ledbetter</I> Walker

Florence Mae “Pon” Ledbetter Walker

Death 30 Aug 2011 (aged 98)
Burial Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 76470415 · View Source
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WALKER, FLORENCE LEDBETTER ARMSTRONG MARIUS - (age 98) of Lenoir City, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Manchester.

A woman of faith, a life of service: Preceded in death by nine siblings and her parents, Florence Wilkerson and Rufus Leander Ledbetter. Florence was named for her mother and later nicknamed "Pon" as a child. Also preceding Pon in death was first husband Ellwood S. Armstrong, the father of her children; second husband Henri Marius with whom she traveled the world and shared a lifelong relationship with his son and daughter-in-law, John and Phyllis Marius of Lenoir City; and third husband R.C. Walker with whom she shared a love of ministry. In addition, Pon grieved the passing of daughter and son-in-law, Carol Kay and Raymond Allen. Pon is survived by sons Jerry (wife Martha) Armstrong of Manchester, TN, and Gordon (wife Gail) Armstrong of Knoxville, TN. She is adored by her grandchildren: Butch and Eldena Armstrong, Karen and Mike Lewis, Randy and Tammy Armstrong, Debbie Armstrong, Brian Armstrong, and Susan Armstrong. Pon's legacy continues to 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren with more on the way. Pon's legacy extends far beyond family, however. Her life of service began by first teaching Sunday school at age 16, and she learned to be a caregiver when she was just 17 and was called upon to provide for the needs of her dying uncle. Throughout her lifetime Pon cared for many who were sick or dying. She also had paying jobs, starting the first kindergarten in Lenoir City in the late 1940s, owning and operating with her husband, Ellwood, several restaurants, and working as manager of Yale and Town Cafeteria for 13 years. Pon served the Rotary Club by catering meals and was an active member of the Clionian Club where she was an officer. Her faith in Christ Jesus spurred her to serve in more capacities, especially at the Dixie Lee Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir and the building and finance committees. Pon led the Junior Training Union there for 17 years, directed church plays, counseled married couples, wrote the church's history, and directed the church's Women's Mission Union for 35 years. She assisted in raising funds for mission efforts and chaperoned mission trips. A regular visitor to the Baptist Healthcare Nursing Home, Pon also conducted services for inmates at the Loudon County Justice Center. She was involved in the Adult Activity Center of Loudon County when her Downs Syndrome stepson attended; she served as the PTA president of that activity center for 7 years. Never ceasing to serve, Pon just added to her agenda when, at age 54, she entered the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as a freshman. During the four years she startled people as a first-time coed, she visited the Baptist Student Union where she befriended students from India, Jordan, and Japan, inviting them home with her for holidays so that they would not be alone. Pon not only discovered new friends in college, she found she had a talent for painting, resulting later in a one-woman showing at First National Bank of Lenoir City. She graduated with a degree in history and a minor in art. With degree in hand, Pon again taught kindergarten, this time at Eaton's Crossroads. She retired after a few years to embark on new adventures and hosting exchange students in her home. She spent her remaining years serving in various roles but always made time to stay involved in the lives of her family, hosting many gatherings and reunions. Her declining health over the past few years necessitated a move to Manchester, TN, where she passed away recently with the dignity and grace she exhibited in life. Visitation will be held at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City on Friday, September, 2 from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 3 at 1 pm with Bro. Mike Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Dixie Lee Baptist Church Cemetery. Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Created by: Genealogy Friends
  • Added: 13 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 76470415
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Mae “Pon” Ledbetter Walker (16 May 1913–30 Aug 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 76470415, citing Dixie Lee Baptist Church Cemetery, Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Genealogy Friends (contributor 46904539) .