OBITUARY

Charles Thomas "Tommy" Ward

October 11, 1964July 23, 2019

Tommy's wish was granted to die at home following a lengthy illness on July 23, 2019. His life will be celebrated at Lakewood Funeral Home on Saturday, July 27 at 12 Noon with visitation one hour prior.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama on October 11, 1964 to Doyce and Virgie Ward, Tommy was the youngest of three children. Tommy made Jackson his home except for five years when he resided in Hattiesburg.

Tommy attended Robinson Street Baptist Church growing up.

Tommy was educated at French Elementary, Hardy Jr. High and Mississippi Baptist High School. He attended Hinds Jr. College and USM, earning his Master's Degree in Library Science at Southern.

Tommy loved books and reading. He began his library career as a teenager, working for Livingston Park Library. He was Branch Manager for South Hills Library and a Reference Librarian for Eudora Welty Library.

Tommy was a great, self-taught guitar player and loved music. He enjoyed weather forecasting and loved snow. He was very witty. Tommy loved Alabama Football, but only Bear Bryant's Alabama. Tommy loved cats, especially his cat of more than 15 years, Looper.

Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Doyce Ward; grandparents, John and Phronie Ward and Tom and Lenora Warren; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a number of close friends.

Tommy is survived by his mother, Virgie Ward; sister, Debbie Dunlap (Fred); brother, Steve Ward (Donna); nephews, Matt Dunlap (Megan) and Cliff Dunlap; nieces, Kaylan Coats (Thomas) and Victoria Simpson (Corey); great-nephews and great-nieces, Bentley, Ryles, Ellie, Kinley, Lois, Ruth and Lexi. He is also survived by special friends, Tim Whittington, Anthony Matheny, C.L. Gordy, Dave Ryan and Derrick Russell.

The family wishes to express grateful thanks to the staff of St. Joseph's Hospice, especially Shannon and Casey, and P.R.A.D.A. Home Health, especially Elaine, Robin and Quineka.

Please visit lakewoodfuneralhomes.com for online guestbook.

  • FAMILY

  • Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Doyce Ward; grandparents, John and Phronie Ward and Tom and Lenora Warren; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a number of close friends.

    Tommy is survived by his mother, Virgie Ward; sister, Debbie Dunlap (Fred); brother, Steve Ward (Donna); nephews, Matt Dunlap (Megan) and Cliff Dunlap; nieces, Kaylan Coats (Thomas) and Victoria Simpson (Corey); great-nephews and great-nieces, Bentley, Ryles, Ellie, Kinley, Lois, Ruth and Lexi. He is also survived by special friends, Tim Whittington, Anthony Matheny, C.L. Gordy, Dave Ryan and Derrick Russell.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 27, 2019

Memories

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Mary Jean Bullock Christian

July 26, 2019

Tommy and I dated for awhile when I was in high school. He supported me and was there for me when my mom passed in 1985. We were very close and had such good times together. He was famous for making Chef boy Rdee pizzas at my house.
I remember being over at Tommy's house and when he got thru eating everything his mom cooked, he would hand her the plate and tell her, "that dinner was awful". She would say "well why did you eat it"? He would tell her "spite". He loved playing around with his mom. He loved her so much.
My Condolences to His mom, whom I love so much, Debbie, and Steve. You are in my prayers.

Dia (Jenkins) Welch

July 24, 2019

I met Tommy in the 7th grade at Hardy Jr. High. He was such a sweet guy. We remained friends over the years. I would always visit with him at the library when I went there to check out books or work on school projects. I remember well how he loved his Alabama Crimson Tide. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY