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John Edward Ward

August 26, 1943 ~ December 13, 2020 (age 77)


John Edward Ward, 77, of Poplar Bluff, MO passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in his home on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

John was born on August 26, 1943 to Birl and Geraldine Ward in Poplar Bluff, MO.  He married Earline Hale on September 24, 1965 in Poplar Bluff.

John was a lifetime member of Bethel Chapel Church. He was a hard-working farmer who loved his cattle. John enjoyed deer hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a member of the Butler County Volunteer Fire Department.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Earline Ward; two children, Shelia (Mike) Coleman and J.D. (Ponda) Ward all of Poplar Bluff; three grandchildren, Bryce Ward, Bradley Coleman, and Kirby Coleman; two brothers, Wesley Ward & Carl "Butch" (JoAnn) Ward of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Sharon Ward of Poplar Bluff and Patricia (Leon) Kirkley of Birmingham, AL; numerous nieces and nephews

John was preceded by his parents; two sisters, Brenda Bounds and Emma Stout; and one niece, Pam Montgomery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 6:00-8:00PM at Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Poplar Bluff.

Funeral will be on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 10:00AM also at Grace Christian Fellowship Church with officiating by Rev. Carlos Boyer & Rev. Brian Sharp. Burial will take place at Sparkman Cemetery.

Face masks will be optional at all services.

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December 17, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Grace Christian Fellowship Church
3200 Warrior Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Funeral Service
December 18, 2020

10:00 AM
Grace Christian Fellowship Church
3200 Warrior Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

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