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John David “Ponch” Lee, Sr. was born Aug. 30, 1940, at the family home on Vandalia Road in Des Moines, the son of Harry and Floreine (Maddison) Lee. He was raised by his grandparents William and Margaret (Pinegar) Maddison. At the age of 11, Ponch and his family moved to Pershing where he lived the remainder of his life. On Nov. 7, 1958, John was united in marriage to Monica Marie Marconi at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Knoxville. Ponch worked as a coal miner from 1957-89 for Lovilia Coal, Superior Coal and Big D Coal. From 1989 until his retirement in 2004, he was a mechanic and paving superintendent for Manatts. He was proud of his work and always enjoyed his co-workers. In his spare time, Ponch enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was famous for his canned hot peppers and baked beans. His greatest joy was his family, he especially loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow through the years. Ponch passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics at the age of 75 years. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill & Margaret Maddison; mother, Floreine Stout; brother, Phil Maddison; brother-in-law, Tony “Black” Marconi and son-in-law, Dino Chenet. Those left to cherish Ponch’s memory include his wife, Monica; children: Christie Lee, Gina (Brian) Hammann, John, Jr. (Tena), James (Valerie) Tina Chenet (Mark) and Kathy (Troy) White; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings: Jane (Gary) Clingman and Andy Maddison and many other family members and friends. Funeral Services were held at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home – Knoxville, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery – Knoxville. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Pershing Community Youth Center. Online condolences to the family may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com
Published on  February 26, 2016
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