Mark Ponzillo LTC (Ret)

Mark Ponzillo LTC (Ret)

Thursday, January 15th, 1942 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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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 full military honors on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 6:30pm
    Victory Fellowship Church
    19150 U.S. 19
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 3:00pm
    Georgia National Cemetery
    1080 Scott Hudgens Dr
    CANTON, GA 30114
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Pat McNew

Posted at 02:35pm
Mark and I shared many hours on the timing stand and working swim meets at Dynamo Swim Club. He was responsible for me being asked to announce the 1996 Paralympic Games Swimming in 1996. We will all miss him. My thoughts are with Jo and the family.

Judy Tagliareni

Posted at 02:24pm
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