Ralph Benjamin Pond


Ralph Benjamin Pond III, 66, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home on Saturday, December 30, 2017 after a long and arduous battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

Ralph was born on April 12, 1951 in Darlington, SC, son of the late Ralph Benjamin Pond, Jr. and the late Josephine Forrest Pond. Ralph attended high school at the Darlington School in Rome, GA, and earned a B.S degree from the University of South Carolina. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and was a lifetime Gamecock

Supporter and fan. Ralph owned ASI Engineering in Myrtle Beach before retiring. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Ralph loved the game of golf, and his golf game was a true art form. He was a serious golfer and won numerous tournaments from childhood until he became ill. Ralph enjoyed golf travel with his buddies, especially their annual trips to Mid Pines Golf Club. He was a great amateur teacher, and his friends always appreciated his “golf tips.” Ralph was a longtime member of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club and Pine Lakes Country Club.

Ralph is survived by Ann Hart Pond; a daughter Emily Pond Wright (Daniel); a son Ralph Benjamin Pond IV; a grandson, Henry Everett Wright; two sisters, Mary Lynn Pond and Ann Pond Cox (Reid) both of Laurens, SC and many special nieces and nephews. The family greatly appreciates Sally Stackhouse, who lovingly and carefully attended Ralph during his long illness.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday January 4, 2018 at McMillan Small Funeral Home, 910 67th Ave N, Myrtle Beach.

The funeral service will be conducted Friday January 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach by the Rev. John Brearley. A graveside services will follow at 3:00 PM, at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington, SC by the Dr. Robert C. Wilkes Jr. officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 70127, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 or Cure PSP, 1206 York Road, Suite L-4, Lutherville, MD 21093 (psp.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.msfh.net.

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BL Qualls
Created On: 01/17/2018 23:51:32

To the family and friends,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.
When Jesus was on earth, he brought his friend Lazarus back to life, who was dead for four days! Before Jesus resurrected Lazarus he spoke to Martha, Lazarus' sister as recorded at John 11:21-27 :
" Martha then said to Jesus: 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Yet even now I know that whatever you ask God for, God will give you.' Jesus said to her: 'Your brother will rise.' Martha said to him: 'I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.'  Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life;  and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?'  She said to him: 'Yes, Lord, I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.' "
Yes, Jesus has the power from God to bring our loved ones back to life!
In the mean time we need comfort from God as it says in 2Corinthians 1:3, 4: "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God." If you would like free Bible studies to bring you comfort you can ask any one of Jehovah's Witnesses to make arrangements.

Created On: 01/08/2018 10:50:34

May Jehovah sustain you at this time of such great loss. Psalm 34:18,19 "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Rene Edens Palles
Florence, SC
Created On: 01/05/2018 18:36:33

I grew up around the corner from Ralph in Darlington and my dad used to play golf with him and the Darlington Country Club I used to go to his house often with his cousin Forrest Kibler. He was so tall and good looking and always was nice to me. May he rest in eternal peace.

Judson, Cheryl, Joseph, Johnson Holliday
Galivants Ferry, SC
Created On: 01/05/2018 15:04:20

Ann and family,
At this time of sadness, may peace be with. Please accept our condolences. May God bless all of you.

Linda L Rea
Lexington SC
Created On: 01/04/2018 14:06:50

I do not know you or your loved one, but felt compelled to send my condolences in your loss. My husband died December 26, 2017, from this dreaded disease, PSP, after a 7 year battle.

Travis Brown Jr
Created On: 01/03/2018 20:32:21

Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you at this time.

Debbie Catley
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 01/03/2018 20:09:37

Dear Ann, Benjamin, Emily and family,
I was sad to read of Ralph's passing in today's paper. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. God bless!

David Jordan
Columbia, SC
Created On: 01/03/2018 19:04:22

I was sorry to hear about Ralph. I have a lot of great memories of our fun times together many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Benjy Hardee
North Myrtle
Created On: 01/03/2018 15:22:45

Ralph never met a stranger & was always Kind to those he knew. Our prayers be with his family.

Wynne Campbell Fuse
Kingstree SC
Created On: 01/03/2018 15:02:25

Rest In Peace Ralph. Knowing you was a pleasure.



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