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Robert Porter Ward

1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Robert Porter Ward

Nashville, TN

Robert Porter Ward, age 85 of Nashville, died 18 June, 2014. Porter was born in Martin, TN on 31 January, 1929 to Fay Wilson Ward and Edith Goolsby Ward.

On 23 December, 1950 in Flat Creek, TN, he married Nancy Clara Farrar, who preceded him in death on 19 August, 2000. He grew up in Martin, TN, Tupelo, MS, and Shelbyville, TN, and was a 1947 graduate of Martin High School. He received BS and MS degrees from Peabody College and a PhD from Mississippi State University.

He taught at Tennessee Wesleyan, Millsaps College, Peabody College, University of Tennessee-Nashville, and retired from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1987.

Porter is survived by his children, Mary Jane Brune (Bill) of State College, PA, Nancy Ward of Yellowstone National Park, WY, Laura Rodriguez (Bill) of Nashville, and Bob Ward (Bitsy) of Nashville; and his grandchildren, Peter Brune (Kate), Eric Brune (Beth), Stephen Rodriguez (Brandi), Emily Rodriguez, Maggie Ward, and Matt Ward.

Graveside services will be at Rosebank Cemetery in Flat Creek, TN at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Land Trust for Tennessee, 209 10th Ave. South, Suite 511, Nashville, TN 37203.

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Published in The Tennessean on June 20, 2014
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