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Red Ward

Darance Elliott "Red" Ward, 90, of Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community and husband of Barbara Buckner Ward passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017.Born in Headland, AL he was the son of the late Reuben Davis and Pearla Brackin Ward. Mr. Ward was a W.W. II veteran with the U.S. Army Air Corps having served with the 49th Fighter Group. He obtained a degree from Troy State University and attended Florida State University. He retired from the Savannah River Site as weapons manager with the Nuclear Material Division where he was recognized for his many invaluable contributions toward the safe attainment of production goals by E.I. DuPont in 1984. Mr. Ward was a former member of the South Aiken Presbyterian Church for forty years where he was a past deacon, elder and director of the South Aiken Presbyterian Kindergarten for thirty years. He was currently a member of First Baptist Church in Laurens and the Kysar Sunday School Class. Mr. Ward also was a former coach in Baker, FL.Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Nancy Ward Allen and husband Eric of Tyrone, GA and Robert E. Ward and wife Kim of Columbia, SC; a sister, Olive Pearl Wood of Warrior, AL; grandchildren, Michael Allen and wife Lorena of Fayetteville, GA, Chris Allen and wife Savannah of Fayetteville, GA; Taylor Allen of Tyrone, GA and Ryan Ward of Columbia, SC; and great grandchildren, Hailey Marie Allen, Emily Rose Allen and Aurora Leigh Allen.A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Martha Franks Rasor Chapel conducted by Dr. Lawton Neely, Rev. Rickey Letson and Dr. Russell Dean. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service in the Cooper Dining Hall.A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Midland City Cemetery in Midland, AL with Military Honors. The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service.Memorials may be made to Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community, 1 Martha Franks Drive, Laurens, SC 29360 or to Lutheran Hospice, 429 N. Main St., Suite 3, Greenville, SC 29601. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Red Ward please visit our Sympathy Store.


NOV 4. 2:00 PM (EDT)

Martha Franks Rasor Chapel

1 Martha Franks Drive

Laurens, SC

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I will always remember Mr. Wards sweet and gentle disposition. He always greeted me with a smile and a bit of humor. I loved him very much. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by me on my shift at Martha Frank's.

Cindy Hill Nov 8 2017 12:00 AM

Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Red Ward.

Peaceful White Lilies Basket Nov 3 2017 12:00 AM

Strength & Solace Spray was purchased for the family of Red Ward.

Strength & Solace Spray Nov 3 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Red Ward

Phyllis & Charles Metz Nov 2 2017 12:00 AM

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