Johnny “Jay” Ward, age 93, died Thursday December 26, 2019 at his residence after a long illness. The Bulloch County native was a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and retired after 32 years with Union Camp Paper Mill. Johnny was a Deacon at Morning Side Baptist Church and later became a member of Brooklet First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Ogeechee Masonic Lodge #213. Johnny loved to be outdoors gardening and fishing in the Ogeechee River.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Stephanie Ward of Brooklet; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Tom Howe of Savannah; seven grandchildren, Terry Ward, Meagan Fernandez, Cory Ward, Kyndal and Jamie Mixon, Kyle Howe, Michelle Howe and Rocco Howe-Esquivel; one great-granddaughter, Hailey and one great-grandson, Riley Mixon; one sister, Betty “Frankie” Waine; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday December 27, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Deal Funeral Directors.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday December 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Deal Funeral Directors with Rev. Bob Crosby officiating.
Burial will follow in the Brooklet City Cemetery.
Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
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