Mr. Ed Pounds, age 78 of Powder Springs, passed away Friday, May 16. A funeral service will be held 1 pm Monday, May 19 at Roswell Street Baptist Church with Dr. Nelson Price and Butch Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery. A native of Richmond County, GA, Mr. Pounds was born the only son of seven children, and came from very small beginnings. His parents, Herman Eugene and Mary Bridges Pounds worked tirelessly to send him to Richmond Academy, from which he was a proud graduate. Mr. Pounds was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and played minor league baseball with the Nebraska Tankers and Washington Senators. He met his wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Jean Hartsfield Pounds while playing baseball in Augusta. Mr. Pounds was later drafted in the US Army, where he also played baseball in Ft. Hood, Texas. His baseball career was cut short due to injury, and after his military service, he moved to Marietta, GA to start his family with his wife. He joined the Marietta Fire Department and worked there for approximately five years. During his time with the fire department, he realized the need for a private ambulance service in Metro Atlanta. He opened Metro Ambulance service in 1968, and was one of the first paramedics in the state of Georgia. Mr. Pounds was considered by many to be the pioneer of EMS in the United States, and was one of the most innovative minds in the industry. After selling Metro Ambulance in 1993, he later opened Gold Cross Ambulance in his hometown of Augusta, GA. Mr. Pounds was still currently involved in the day to day operations of the ambulance service until his passing. Mr. Pounds was an intelligent, optimistic, generous, and humorous person who “couldn’t wait for his feet to hit the floor every morning”, to take on the day. He was loved and adored by his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In a letter he recently wrote to his daughters, he ended the letter by saying ,”my family is everything to me.” We all knew it! He forged lifelong friendships that are still sustained to this day. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean Hartsfield Pounds, He is survived by his daughters Tamara P. Quinones of Powder Springs, Tara P. Clark of Acworth, Teena P.(Eric) Regan of Cartersville, Traci P.(Eric) Chapman of Kennesaw, sister Betty Jean Carter of Thomson, grandchildren Tanner (Rich) Ewing, Ryan Regan, Megan Quinones, Josh Regan, Matthew Quinones, Jordyn Chapman, Lyndsi Chapman, Cassidy Chapman, Evan Quinones, Brynleigh Clark, Madison Clark, Brighton Chapman, great grandchildren Brody Ewing, Blakeleigh Ewing, Brooklyn Ewing. Those who wish may make contributions to the charity of their choice. The family will receive friends from 2-6 pm Sunday, May 18 at the Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta.