Burial is at the LeFlore Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.
He was born May 27, 1937 in LeFlore to Robert Lee and Lucy Amanda (French) Ward and passed away Jan. 26, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Billy was a retired transportation maintenance worker and operator for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Poteau office. He was a member of the LeFlore Baptist Church. Billy loved going to the grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ ballgames, babysitting great-grandkids, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. He was a wonderful husband for 61 years. Billy will be deeply missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lucy Ward; four brothers Robert Lee Ward, Jr., Johnny James Ward, Jerry Don Ward and Allen Walters; three sisters Virginia Lee Gibbs, Elizabeth Kitchens and Joan Bontley; one great-grandson, Blaise Garrett Thornburg; and one grandson-in-law, Richard Dewayne Jarman.
Surviving family members are his wife, Shirley Ward, of the home; two daughters Teresa Gadlage and husband Dave of Louisville, Kentucky, and Kelly Thornburg and husband Tim of Wister; three granddaughters Katrina Holt and husband TJ of Grove, Amber Yount and husband Blake of Louisville, Kentucky, and Madison Jaggers and husband Austin of Louisville, Kentucky; two grandsons Justin McKinney and wife Vanessa of Broken Arrow, and Garrett Thornburg and wife Kandi of Heavener; 11 great-grandchildren Kieran Trace Jarman, Jaelan Rogue Holt, Ava Rose Gadlage, Ashlynn Grace Yount, Aspen Michelle Thornburg, Darrion Deshawn Prina, Kaydence Charleigh Thornburg, Zylie Jordan Thornburg, Kaynnan Garrett Thornburg, Cadince Lassiter and Colt Lassiter; two special nieces Pam Zuniga and Susan Cantwell; numerous loved ones and a host of friends.
Pallbearers are Kieran Trace Jarman, Anthony Wayne Ward, Wesley Ward, Dallas Ward, Donnie Ward, James Cantwell, Joe Kitchens and Bob Waits. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Waits, Harvey Walden, Johnny Ray Pope, Justin McKinney, Garrett Thornburg and Sam Ward.
Viewing is Saturday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The family will visit with friends Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Gideon Bibles in honor of Billy.
To sign Mr. Ward’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.
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