Jack Ward

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Jack Ward - SAVANNAH - Jack Ward (John T. Ward, III), age 72, died at Hospice House on Sunday evening, July 29th, after having a peaceful day surrounded by family and friends. Virginia was with him when he passed at 10PM. Jack was born and raised in Savannah, leaving only to serve four years in the United States Navy, and during the course of his employment in the motion picture industry, which required him to often be on distant locations for filming. Prior to this, he worked for 10 years at Backus Cadillac Pontiac. Jack loved the water, being in a boat, and fishing. He loved it so much that he and dear friend, Wiley Wasden purchased a shrimp boat together and enjoyed playing shrimpers for a couple of years aboard The Little Mel. In April, 1973, Jack became a member of Solomon's Lodge No.1, F,&A.M. -Savannah. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his dearly beloved Uncle Louis & Aunt Frances Cornell who raised Jack from age 2 as if he was their own son. He adored his Uncle Louie. Jack is survived by his wife, Virginia, daughter, Jacqueline Ward Klein (Mark) and grandson, Max Ward Klein who live in Louisville Kentucky. Raymond Miller, of Savannah, was always considered family and Jackie's brother-from-another-mother. Also surviving are a very special niece and nephew, Al and Debbie Odom Ellisor & their son, Dalton of Pooler, All three, were very dear to his heart and such a comfort to him during his life and struggle with cancer. Additional survivors are nephews Michael Ellisor and Joseph Ellisor. His brother-in-law, Roy Grace of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been a life-long friend and provided much peace and comfort in the last days of Jack's illness. Another brother-in-law, Al Ellisor, Jr. resides in Garden City. There will be no pallbearers, but Jack would want it known that he considered the following his dearest long-time friends who often had his back in their younger days, but had his heart up to the very day he died: Jack Ryals, Jack Keith, Robert Fruitticher, Bobbie Evans, Nelson Haslam, Jamie Keeran, Mike Hobbs and Billy Dalzell. The family gives special thanks to Debbie Sheridan who provided friendship, comfort and emotional support for the last two-years of his life, and was his partner-in-crime, in making the best home-made wine ever produced. A Memorial Celebration of his life, as he wished, will be held on Thursday, August 2nd, from 6 till 8 PM at The Crab Shack on Tybee Island. The family requests that remembrances be made in Jack's memory to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416 in lieu of flowers. Not enough can be said for the care and compassion the Hospice staff showed Jack and his family. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News August 2, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2012
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