COTTONDALE Alfred E. Al Ward, age 84, of Cottondale, passed from this life May 1, 2013, and was welcomed into heaven by a host of family and friends eager to be together again. He is now walking the streets of gold with his Lord and Savior. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Headley officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Brantley Ward Sr. and Lula Mathews Ward; his brothers, Wallace R. Ward, Herbert J. Ward, and Hugh Brantley Ward Jr.; his sister, Mildred W. Booker; half- brother, Henry J. Ward; half-sister, Daisy Paige; and his wife, Celeste T. Ward.
He is survived by his daughters, Wendi Ward Hinton (John) of Houston, Texas and Mara K. Ward of Cottondale; his grandchildren, Travis Hinton, Nathan Hinton, and Darcy Hinton; his brother, Jack W. Ward; sisters-in-law, Grace B. Ward (Hugh), Ora S. Ward (Herbert), and Marie Miller (Kenneth); a brother-in-law, Oscar Booker (Mildred); nieces, nephews, and faithful companions, Cleo and Spiderman.
Al retired from BF Goodrich after over 38 years and was able to enjoy his passion for playing tennis on a full-time basis until the last few years. He considered teaching Sunday School an honor and spent many hours each Saturday preparing for his class the next day. We believe it can be said of Al that he fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has kept the faith, and he has heard Well done, good and faithful servant, from the Master's lips.
Pallbearers will be Travis Hinton, Nathan Hinton, Harold Ward, Jimmy Ward, Buddy Butler, and Bill Skelton.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary and Pat Youngblood, Mary Nell Butler, Don and Mildred Whitlock, Bob and Beckey Hinton, Danny and Cheryl Wallace, Sandy and Glenn Davis, Brookwood High School Class of 1947, employees of BF Goodrich and Alabama One Credit Union, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, clients of Ward-Skelton Services, Southeast Hospice Equipment Co., Inc., the Coaling and Cottondale communities, and family and friends of Brant Ward Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in memory of Al to the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, Hospice of West Alabama Inpatient Care, or the
Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 4, 2013