Fannie P. Johnson Wells

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Fannie P. Johnson Wells

September 5, 2020


Fannie P. Johnson Wells, 95, of Climax, Ga., passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020.

A private funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne McDonald and Rev. Doug Halstead officiating.  Interment will be at Pine Park Cemetery with her grandsons serving as active pallbearers. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to Pine Park Cemetery Fund or Cedar Grove Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 247, Climax, GA 39834.

Fannie Kate Ponder was born March 15, 1925 in Cairo, Ga., the daughter of Calvin and Lilian Mills Ponder. She lived all of her life in Southwest Georgia and was an active member of Climax United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, UMW President, and church board member.

Fannie was a charter member of the Climax Community Club and the Climax Golden Agers. Known as the local “Minnie Pearl”, Fannie enjoyed her time volunteering with the Grand Ole Opry and Swine Time. She was a long-time member of the Sew & Sew Quilters and the first woman to serve on the Climax City Council. Her gift was encouragement though she loved quilting, cooking, canning, making jelly, reading, studying her Bible, fishing, and traveling. Everyone in Climax knew “Miss” Fannie and had to be inspired by her sweet, sweet spirit.

Survivors include her children, Martha Johnson Donalson of Thomasville, Ga., Jimmy Johnson and his wife, Debbie, of Cairo, Joyce Johnson Halstead and her husband, Doug, of Thomasville, and Larry Wells and his wife, Marsha, of North Carolina; her twelve grandchildren; and a host of great-and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Fannie was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Johnson and Clifford Wells; her daughter, Kaye Wells Weathers; her son-in-law, Herbert Donalson; and her siblings, O’Neal Ponder, Wesley Ponder, Tess Ponder Bryant, Willie Ponder Copeland, Edgar Ponder, Leland Ponder, and Mary Ponder Hill.