LeFLORE–James William Ward, 86, of LeFlore, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 in Fort Smith. He was born Jan. 3, 1925 in Vantress, Ok. to Hollie James William and Julia Ann (French) Ward. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in 3rd Battalion CO.K 115th Inf. Regiment, 5th Army, 29th Infantry Division, was a World War II veteran involved in the D-Day landings in Normandy, a purple heart recipient; Presidential Unit Citation; Combat Infantry Badge, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Theater Ribbon and received three Bronze Service Stars.
He was retired from working at the VA Hospital and was a farmer and loved to garden.
Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at the LeFlore Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Cook and Rev. Ron Bess officiating. Interment will follow at LeFlore Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and foster brother, Roy Walters.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Karen Ward of Norman, and Mike and Patty Ward of LeFlore; daughter and son-in- law, Nita and Don Chitwood of LeFlore; grandchildren, Julie and Danny Atwell, Teri and Nick Starr, Dustin and Kasey Ward, Lindsay and Jeremy Farris, Brad and Penny Neal, Joanna Roberts, Jodi and Shawn Ward, Jami and Cody Blaylock, Micha Chitwood, Ashley Chitwood, Daton and April Chitwood; 19 great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Wayne Austin of Wilburton, Dora and Bill Willard of Red Oak, and Margaret Austin of Minco.
Pallbearers are Mike Deere, Dallas Ward, Larry Ryles, Larry McAlester, Casey Warren, Darrell Epperly, Jimmy Booth and James Cantwell. Honorary pallbearers are Lee Zuck, Harvey Walden, Bill Ward, Frank Carpenter, Harold Mings and Kenny Monroe.
The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends.
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