Jerry Wayne Ward, 54, of Rives, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his residence.
Born Feb. 15, 1957, in Hornersville, Mo., son of Ima Nunnery Ward and the late Durham Ward, he had been a lifelong area resident, and was a 1975 graduate of the Senath-Hornersville school system. He was in sales for many years before becoming a Southern Baptist minister. He enjoyed traveling, talking and visiting with people.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Debra Ward, of Rives; one son, Jason Aaron Ward, of Rives; two daughters, April Michelle Creech and husband, Omer Dale, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Amber Marie Ward, of Swansea, Ill.; his mother, Ima Lee Ward, of Kennett; one brother, Michael Keith Ward, of Kennett; one sister, Carolyn Jane Boyer, of Kennett, and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Durham Ward and one brother, Jackie Pierce.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., today, Friday, June 3, at Friendship Baptist Church in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Gaylon Williams officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.
Faith Funeral Service in Manila, Ark., is in charge of arrangements.