Juanita Jackson Ward was born on May 17, 1934 in Holmes County. She was the daughter of the late Nellie and Gillis Jackson and wife of the late J.E. Ward. Juanita passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Her occupations throughout her lifetime were a shoemaker and seamstress. But first and foremost she was a wife and mother. Her main hobbies were gardening, taking care of her property, and spending time with family and friends. She passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She was living with her son and daughter-in-law at the time. Juanita persevered faithfully and graciously through good times and adversity. She was a very selfless woman who never complained. Her strength was a great influence to everyone around her. She was and will always be loved dearly by her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and other family and friends. We want to thank Sims Funeral Home for their care in conducting the funeral as well as East Mount Zion United Methodist Church. It is with heartfelt thanks to the officiating ministers, the Rev. David Cook, the Rev. Wesley Syfrett, and Dr. Edsel Bone; all family and friends who sent cards, flowers, food, made donations on behalf of Juanita's wishes, and all other expressions of love.
She is survived by her son, James Paul Ward (Cheryl) of Macclenny, FL. Surviving grandchildren are, James Evan Ward of Macclenny and Carissa Ward Near (Cameron) of Jacksonville, N.C.; nieces, Brenda Lewis, Jackie Benton, Teresa Sheets, Cricket Worley, and Cindy Jackson; nephews, Frank Yates, Marty Taylor, Tony Jackson and Herman Taylor; cousins, Gordon Jackson, Roger Jackson, Watson Jackson, Martha English Johnson, James English, Charles English, Danny Pettis, Mike Pettis, Ken Hobbs, Gary Hobbs, and Janet Patterson.
A Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at East Mt. Zion Methodist Church with the Rev. David Cook, the Rev. Wesley Syfrett and Dr. Edsel Bone officiating. Interment followed in Bethany Cemetery, Bonifay with Sims Funeral Home directing. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Sims Funeral Home Chapel .