Paul E. Ward - SAVANNAH - Paul E. Ward, 77, of Savannah, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Savannah Square. Paul was a native Georgian who loved his family, his friends and his life's work - educating young people and the teachers who taught them. He served as superintendent of schools at Fort Stewart for more than 15 years before he retired. Prior to that appointment, he served as the head of the Department of Elementary Education at Armstrong State College. Passion for learning was in his blood. An Atlanta native, he graduated from Lanier County High School and then Young Harris Junior College in north Georgia and Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro. He earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Georgia. He taught in public schools in Savannah before being named the first principal of Windsor Forest Elementary School in 1961. He joined Armstrong's faculty in 1968 and served as a professor of education. Paul was an avid outdoorsman who loved the land and the waters of coastal Georgia, as well as UGA football. He was as much at home on a boat on the Forest or Ogeechee rivers as he was in a classroom. After his retirement, he discovered a new passion for his active mind - real estate. He and his daughter Suzana formed a father-daughter team at W.H. Johnson Realty, where they were making waves. He attended White Bluff United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, artist Ann Ferrell Ward of Savannah; two daughters, Suzana Ward of Savannah and Melanie W. Gerrald (Thomas) of Kentucky; a brother, John Wesley Ward (Alice) of Rincon; three sisters, Mary Joyce Love (Goodloe) of York, Pa., Marion Tootle (Errol) of Tupelo, Miss., and Lena Frances Lindsey (Dwight) of Dothan, Ala; two grandchildren, Thomas Allen Gerrald III and Rachel Ann Gerrald, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering and burial will be private. Remembrances: Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation, 2002 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401. Savannah Morning News March 14, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Mar. 14, 2014