On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, with all of his children home, our dad, James Ward of Gulfport, Miss., departed earth for a pain free heavenly home.
Once a Marine, always a Marine, especially if you were a drill instructor. We agreed that when dad entered the pearly gates he began to instruct others.
He served our military in the U.S. Marine Corps proudly in combat and in everyday life. Dad was quick to speak his mind, but if it came from his heart you knew it. If you entered our home you knew that you were family.
If it were not for the loving care of Dr. Thad Carter and our precious MHG Surgery Outpatient Staff Nurses the past six years could have been worse. We will miss our drill instructor!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Mary Elizabeth Ward; three sisters; five brothers; and a great-grandson, Mikey.
He is survived by the most precious sacrificing woman on earth, his wife, (our Mom), Patricia Ann Ward. He leaves four children, Janet Stewart (Roxy) of Saucier, James E. Ward Jr. (Renee) of Yazoo City, Tambra Winters of Gulfport, and Cheryl Lowman (Robert) of Pass Christian.
The treasures of his life were his 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and the three great-great-grandchildren that he left behind.
He is also survived by three sisters, Ruby Elliott, Marjorie Pearson and Judy Mick, and a brother, Frederick Ward, all of Elizabethton.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Road, Gulfport, Miss., where friends may visit beginning at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Gulfport, with USMC honors.
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