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Charlie Luther Ward, 95, died at his home in Jacksonville, Texas, Monday, July 4, 2016 after a lengthy
illness.
He was preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Julia Ward; wife, Emily Ruth Meador Ward; brother, Lee Roy Ward; two sisters, Faye Hutson and Ida Nisperos; and grandson, Doug Smith.
He is survived by daughters, Patsy Lee Jayroe and husband Rodney of Jacksonville, Texas, Catherine Ingram and husband Allen of Cisco, Texas; grandson, David Smith and wife Jennifer of Athens, Texas, Brandon Jayroe and wife Daisy of Bryan, Texas and Emma Ingram of Cisco, Texas; sister, Sue Herndon of Waxahachie, Texas; brothers, Ernest Ward, Jr. and wife Jimmie of Corsicana, Texas and Fred Ward of Bochita, Oklahoma; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Charlie was a veteran, serving in the US Navy during World War II. He was born in Cedarvale, Texas December 29, 1920 and graduated from Purdon High School in Purdon, Texas. He lived in Houston for many years, but moved to his farm in the Van/Lindale area in 1970, eventually retiring from the Coca-Cola in Tyler, Texas. When his health began failing in 2009, he moved to Jacksonville, Texas to be near one of his daughters.
His passion in his youth was pitching softball. He was a kind and generous man who could fix anything. He taught his daughters they could do anything boys could do, in a time when that was not generally accepted.
Special thanks go out to the wonderful care that was given during his lengthy illness to Texas Oncology, Grace Home Health, Heart to Heart Hospice, Carter Blood Center and to all of you who donate blood. An extra special thank you goes out to the staff, nurses and doctors of Cristus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville. Words cannot express our appreciation for the true love you showed Mr. Charlie all these years. He loved you all.
Mr. Ward will be interred at West Shady Grove Cemetery with a private gathering of the immediate family.
Published on July 6, 2016
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