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Peggy Ponder Beach

December 30, 1949 ~ August 10, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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     Peggy Ponder Beach, a beacon of love, kindness, and gentleness, was born on December 30, 1949, in West Point, Georgia. She passed away peacefully at her residence on August 10, 2023. Peggy's life was a testament to the power of positivity and the strength of the human spirit. Her legacy is a shining example of how one person's kindness can touch countless lives.

     Peggy was a woman of great intellect and passion. She earned her Master’s in Education and dedicated her life to the noble profession of teaching. She served the Lanett City Schools for many years, where she was not just an educator, but a mentor, a guide, and a friend to her students. Her commitment to education was unwavering, and her influence extended far beyond the classroom. She was a true champion of learning, inspiring countless students to reach their full potential.

     Peggy's love for life was evident in her interests. She found joy in the simple pleasures of life, like tending to her garden. Her garden was a reflection of her - vibrant, nurturing, and full of life. Peggy was also known for her love of dining out with her friends. These gatherings were not just about food, but about sharing laughter, stories, and creating memories.

     Peggy was a woman of faith. She was a member of the Remnant of Hope Church in Valley, Alabama. Her faith was a source of strength and comfort to her, and she lived her life guided by the principles of love, kindness, and compassion.

     Above all, Peggy was a family woman. She was a loving mother to her daughter, Eva Thomas (Jimmy), and a doting grandmother to Trinity and Claire McNally. Her nephew, Frank Ponder III (Susan), and nieces, Patricia Ponder Millard (Dan), Jane Ponder Murphy, and Jean Ponder, along with a host of additional nieces and nephews, were all recipients of her unconditional love. Peggy's family was her pride and joy, and she cherished every moment spent with them. In addition to Peggy’s family, she is survived by numerous close friends.

     Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Beach, Jr.; parents, Frank Ponder, Sr. and Wilma Ponder; and brother, Frank Ponder, Jr.

     Peggy's kindness was legendary. Those who were fortunate enough to know her can attest that they never heard her utter a negative word about anyone. She believed in the goodness of people and always saw the best in everyone. Her positive outlook was infectious, and she had a unique ability to uplift those around her.

     Peggy's life was a testament to the power of positivity, kindness, and love. She was a woman who lived her life with grace and dignity, touching the lives of everyone she met. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of her family, friends, and the countless students she inspired throughout her career.

     Peggy Ponder Beach was not just a person; she was a force of positivity, a beacon of hope, and a source of inspiration. Her life was a beautiful journey that touched countless hearts. As we remember Peggy, let us celebrate her life and honor her legacy by living our lives with the same kindness, love, and positivity that she embodied. Let us strive to be a beacon of hope, just like Peggy, and make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

     Funeral services for Peggy will be held on Sunday, August 13th, 2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. The Reverend Donnie Erwin-Brown will officiate. Peggy’s family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EDT) until the service hour at the funeral home.

     Please visit Peggy’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind word for her family, to share a memory of Peggy, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

     Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

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August 13, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley
3700 20th AVE
Valley, AL 36854

Funeral Service
August 13, 2023

2:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley
3700 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854


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