Arthur “Joe” Ward
Arthur “Joe” Ward, 66, died Saturday, August 30, 2008. He was born February 17, 1942 in Madison to Ernest Ward and the late Hassieleen Ward. He was a member of the Morgan County High School class of 1960. After graduation he joined the Army National Guard. In 1963 he began a 37-year career with Southern Bell. After retirement he managed the building process of A. E. Carter Funeral Home, owned and operated by his nephew, Adam Carter. When the building was complete he continued working as a funeral assistant. A job he was honored to perform. He was an active member of Madison Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Ward enjoyed driving the youth on countless local and out of state bus trips. He was a member of Madison Masonic Lodge # 376, F & AM where he served several terms as the worshipful master. In addition to serving the local lodge he was selected as District Deputy of the Eighth District of the Grand Master.
He served on the Morgan County Tax Assessors Board of Equalization and enjoyed being a poll worker on election days. He was well known for sharing his extensive knowledge of boat motors with the Lake Oconee, Lake Sinclair and surrounding communities.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hasieleen Ward.
He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Ann Gossett Ward of Madison; daughter Amie Ward Cumming of Madison; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Wendy Ward of Watkinsville and Brian and Allison Ward of Social Circle; three grandchildren, Joseph and Lauren Cumming of Madison and Samantha Ward of Watkinsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Terrell and Ernestine Jackson and Merrill and Faye Carter of Madison; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Gail Ward of Conyers; nieces and nephews, Mignonne Coppenger, Dana Pennington, Tim Carter, Matt Carter, Andy Carter and Adam Carter, all of Madison; Michael Ward and Conrad Ward of Conyers and Michelle Ward McClellan of Hilliard Florida.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, September 2, at 11 a.m. at Madison Baptist Church with Dr. James Ross and Rev. Jeff Rogers officiating. Interment was in Madison City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations make be made to Madison Baptist Church or Madison Masonic Lodge.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.