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John Ardis Ward M.D.


1921 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John A. Ward M.D.

John Ardis Ward M.D. passed away at home in Monticello, Florida on February 12, 2014 with family and friends surrounding him.

Dr. Ward was born in Arlington, Georgia on August 3, 1921 and grew up in Shellman, Georgia. He was predeceased by his mother, Martha Cobb Ward, father, Charlie Ardis Ward, wife, Dorothy Bevis Ward and brother, Charles McCuin Ward M.D. He is survived b y his daughter, Martha S. Ward M.D., son David Ward (wife Linda) and son Charles M. Ward II (wife Jennifer) as well as grandchildren John T. Ward, Daniel W. Ward, Isabella G. Ward and Charles H. Ward.

Dr. Ward graduated from Shellman High School in Shellman, Georgia in 1938. He joined the US Navy in August 1941 and served in the South Pacific as a Navy Corpsman. The Navy assigned him to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1944 where he graduated as an undergraduate in 21 months. He was accepted to Emory University College of Medicine in 1946 where he graduated in 1950. He completed his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1951. He returned home to Shellman, Georgia to practice medicine from 1951 - 1955. In 1955 he moved to Monticello to join the medical practice of Dr. William Hunter. He practiced medicine in Monticello until 2001 when he retired from his practice with Dr. John Brinson.

In addition to his medical practice where he served the people of Jefferson County and surrounding counties and delivered thousands of babies, he was also an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and golfer. He served three terms on the Jefferson County Commission and was very involved in the civic affairs of Jefferson County.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the countless friends and neighbors who played such an important role in supporting Dr. Ward and his loved ones. It would be impossible to convey how much each of their acts of kindness and friendship has meant to all of them throughout the years.

A graveside service will be held, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Oakfield Cemetery in Jefferson Co. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 485 E. Dogwood St., Monticello, FL 32344, (850) 997-5612.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Aucilla Research Institute, 555 North Jefferson Street, Monticello, Florida 32344 for archaeological research in Jefferson County and the surrounding area.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 14, 2014
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