Edmund Abraham Pontius, IV, “Mike”, of Alvin, passed away unexpectantly on February 27, 2020. Mike was born in Wichita Falls, TX, on December 29, 1953 – same birthdate shared with his father-in-law, only several years’ difference.
Mike fell in love and married Debra Pontius on December 31, 1977. Debby passed away 3 months prior to their 40th anniversary. Mike and Debby always wanted children and their prayers were answered: On March 11, 1986, Christen Michelle Pontius was born. Approximately four years later, they were blessed once again on June 28, 1990, a son, Christopher Michael Pontius, was born. Mike adored both of his children and loved being their “Daddy.”
In 1994, Mike, joined by his wife, decided to open their own pest control company. They named it Bugs Be Gone. With Mike’s diligence, he built the business from the ground up. The company exceeded their expectations and provided an enjoyable life to their family of four. All of his customers loved him. He was very talented with ridding you of any pests making it difficult to sign customers to a quarterly pest control agreement as most pests did not return for months and months.
Mike loved spending time with his family and whoever would play “Mario Cart” with him. He was quite the competitor. At most family get-togethers, “Let the poker begin”. The family played poker all hours in to the night, and Mike was always the last one standing. He was a very witty individual; he had a joke to tell at any given point. He has also been known to pull the best pranks around, funny pranks.
Mike’s son, Christopher, at age 13 once told his dad that he thought he was a fast runner. Mike immediately stopped the truck and challenged him to a foot race and told Christopher that he was the 2nd fastest runner in Jr. high school. Christopher took the lead early on and of course winning this impromptu race. Mike never challenged him to a foot race after that!
On game day with his favorite football team, The Texans, Mike would watch the game joined by his son and ten other young men that looked up to Mike as a father figure. They would all get so excited during the game that their hands would ache after many many high-fives were given. Game days will never be the same for this group.
The family resided in Houston until 2004 when they decided to move to family acreage in Alvin, TX, to be closer to his In-Laws. There he learned a lot about “country life.” Cattle, horses, hay, fishing pond, tractors, snakes, etc… Fortunately he did enjoy being in a slower-paced lifestyle and turned out to be a great “country man.”
Mike is survived by his daughter, Christen Pontius; son, Christopher Pontius; niece, Heidi Kelsey; mother-in-law, Kaye Reneau; brother-in-law, Randy Levy (Terry); sister-in-law, Kimberly Costanzo (Sam) ; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many many friends that will miss him dearly.
Mike is predeceased by his wife, Debra Kay Pontius; father, Edmund Abraham Pontius, III; mother, Shirley Borah Pontius; infant brother, Vernon Wayne Pontius; father-in-law, Scott R. Levy; beloved grandmother, Sylvia Galbraith Borah, aka MamaBorah; grandfather, Wilson Wayne Borah, aka PapaBorah; nephew, Christopher Borah; nephew, Matthew Borah.
A graveside service was held March 6, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Grace Memorial Park, 10708 Highway 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563 – 409.925.2535