Mark January 15, 1942 - July 14, 2019 Ponzillo, LTC (Ret


A Celebration of Life for Mark Ponzillo, LTC (Ret), 77, of Thomasville will be held at 6:30PM on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Victory Fellowship Church with Pastor Jamie Nunnally officiating. Mr. Ponzillo passed away July 14, 2019 at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Born January 15, 1942 in Troy, New York, he was the son of the late Mark and Jennie Forte Ponzillo. He was married to his wife of 51 years, Jo Hayes Ponzillo, who survives. He retired from the United States Army where he started as a private and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was a member of Special Forces, LRRPs, MSOG, and served 3 combat tours in Vietnam. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit with cluster, as well as other awards. Mr. Ponzillo was an advocate for veterans and was very active in veteran affairs. He loved the sport of swimming and became one of the most senior swimming officials in USA Swimming. He served as the swimming competition manager for the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, GA. He was a partner of Victory Fellowship Church. In addition to his loving wife, he is also survived by his daughters, Laura Ponzillo and Kerri Knight (Jay), both of Thomasville; granddaughters, Caroline Knight, Samantha Knight and Piper Knight. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Ponzillo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Operations Foundation, PO Box 70822, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina 38207 or Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368 · Woodland Hills, CA · 91365 or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. His interment will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. with military honors. Family and friends are invited to visit his online life tribute page at
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Allison Cohenour
Jul 17, 2019
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Jul 17, 2019
Sincere condolence to family for your loss. I had great fun working with Mark in his early Dynamo days!
Glenda Medina
Jul 16, 2019
Heaven is celebrating, welcoming this wonderful soul. Mark was a wonderful person with a big caring heart, he was always willing to help others without thinking it twice. My family and I will truly miss you Mark.
Heather Gideon
Jul 16, 2019
Dear Jo & family,

God Bless you all while you take a
moment to grieve a little; as you miss the
comfort of Mark's earthly presence. Then,
as in all things, give thanks & be at peace with the
knowledge that this beloved soldier is just off
on a new mission in his journey of eternal life.

With love & devotion, Heather


Bless those who had the heart inside,
And, filled with patriotic pride,
Heard the call and took the stand,
To leave our home for foreign lands.

With bravery they gave their all,
To join the battle, fight and fall;
So those they left could live in peace,
With hope that soon the wars would cease.

May all who follow not forget,
The price they paid, and neve
...r let;
Their names be spoken but in pride,
And cherished honor, far and wide.

High flies our flag above the dome,
Of Washington, our country's home;
To salute with tribute and with thanks,
All Veterans who joined the ranks.

By Heather Gideon
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Fred Stuckey
Jul 16, 2019
Our Country should be in mourning , because we lost a Real Soldier . I am thankful that Captain P (he will always be Captain P) was able to attend one more Ranger Reunion . He was truly one of the great ones .
He will be missed !!
Rest In Peace Sir .