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Juanita Kelly Pond

Juanita Kelly Pond of Smithfield, VA died on Monday, November 11, 2019 at age 72 following a period of declining health. She was the spouse of Charles B. Pond, III. A native of Chuckatuck, VA, she was preceded in death by her parents John and Emma Mae Kelly. She is survived by her husband and his sister, Caroline.

Juanita graduated from the Chuckatuck High School and attended Old Dominion University. She was a retired educator, having served a 33-year career at the Oakland Elementary School. Growing up in the Oakland Christian Church in Chuckatuck, she loved animals, especially cats. She was a member of the West End Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA, and an avid supporter of the North Shore Animal League. Juanita enjoyed traveling to various places--–the theaters of Lancaster, PA were her favorites. She, along with Charles, was a strong supporter of intercollegiate athletics at Chowan University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Pond Football Center on the Chowan University campus is named in honor of the Ponds. A major residence hall in the Whites Crossing Complex of Chowan University is named in her honor. During her last years—when she was frequently confined to the house—she became a devotee of television programs, especially western movies.

The Ponds also supported the Chowan Christian Service Association of Chowan University, which provides scholarships for ministerial students and assists with international mission trips made by university students. She enjoyed music and for several years, the Ponds have sponsored Chowan University choir concerts at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. She also enjoyed athletic contests with the Chowan University Hawks, the University of North Carolina Tarheels, and the Norfolk Tides being her favorites.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11 AM at the West End Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Dr. M. Christopher White, Chancellor of Chowan University, and Reverend Dale Peterson of West End Baptist Church.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 PM at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory. A private burial will precede the memorial service in the cemetery of the historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the Benn’s Church Community near Smithfield, VA.

Memorials may be made to the Juanita Kelly Pond Missions Endowment Fund Chowan University, Attention Office of Development, One University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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She was also survived by her brother Ronald Kelly, wife Melanie and Niece Nicole k Duck ,husband Justin Duck. Please rest in peace. You will be missed.

Melanie Kelly May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Love you aunt Juanita, I hope you RIP. Wont ever forget my childhood memories with you

Nicole Kelly Duck May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Charles and Family, On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you and your family our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Sincerely, Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H williams May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Miss Juanita, It was an honor to know you. You were special to many, including me. You are now soaring with the angels in your heavenly home. Rest in peace my dear friend.

John M Tayloe May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Juanita. We were childhood playmates for many years in Chuckatuck. Our lives went in different directions and we lost touch, but we spent many days together at one house or the other; we don't forget those childhood memories. Condolences to her husband, brother and family. May she Rest in Peace, well now, with God.

Cheryl Perkins Munford May 13 2021 12:00 AM

We were blessed by Juanita's energy and spirit, and she was blessed by Charles' dedication to her. We regret that we are out-of-state and will be unable to attend the memorial service. Our prayers are with the family.

Chris & Skip Irby May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Words aren't enough in times like these. Miss Juanita was a very special lady to so many of us and her presence will be greatly missed. Fly high, our friend. Prayers going to all of the family.

Brenda Baisey and Brianna Carroll May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So saddened by this news. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff and Kathy Pond

Jeff and Kathy Pond May 13 2021 12:00 AM

You're in our thoughts and prayers, May the good Lord put his loving arms around you for comfort and peace.

Mary Harris May 13 2021 12:00 AM