Jerry Wayne Ward, 76, of Waldron, Arkansas, departed this life on November 17, 2020. He was born on September 15, 1944, in Mena, Arkansas, to William Aaron Ward and Altha Bonnie Coleman Ward. He attended high school in Acorn and received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education at Henderson State University. From there he was a social studies and history teacher for a number of years in Texarkana, Van Buren, and Waldron.
Jerry loved his family and friends. For many years he enjoyed wood-working, building grandfather clocks, and tinkering around his property. Whenever someone would stop by to visit or chat with him on the phone one could always hear reruns of Gunsmoke playing in the background.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Aaron Ward and Altha Bonnie Coleman Ward; his foster parents, Elmer Rainwater and Lillian Juanita Rainwater; his sister, Betty June Ward; his brother, Ray Ward; his brother, Gene Ward; and brother, Gary Ward.
He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Paula Shuck Ward; his daughter and husband, Tonya Ward Davis and Jeremy Davis of Pelsor, Arkansas; his son, Anthony Ward of Waldron, Arkansas; foster-brother, Randy Rainwater of Mena, Arkansas; and sister, Linda Bynum of Monroe, Louisiana. He is also survived by several nephews and nieces.
Also, must not exclude, Chief, Jerry’s little buddy that has been faithfully at his side for the past few years.
Visitation will be Thursday November 19, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, November 20, 2020 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Jewel officiating. Burial will follow the service at Pilot Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Waldron.
Honorary pallbearers are: Randy Rainwater, Kenneth Ward, Charlie Riddle, Bill Yates, Paul Salmon, and George Crump
Pallbearers are: Keith Beyard, Mike Faber, Jerry Shuck, Jason Smith, Daniel Stewart, and Devin Ward
Online condolences may be sent at www.martinfuneralhomes.com