OBITUARY

James "Jim" Sterling Ward Jr.

December 28, 1945May 8, 2021

James Sterling Ward Jr. "Jim" was born in Pensacola, Fl. On 12/28/45 to the late James S. Ward Sr. and Florence E. Ward (Allen). Jim passed away on 5/8/21 and is also preceded in death by his daughter Mary Ashley Ward of Pensacola, Fl.

Jim attended and graduated from Escambia High School in 1963 and later worked for and retired from Hygeia Coca-Cola where he last worked in Sales Management. Jim also served our country in the Army Reserves obtaining the rank of Staff Sgt. working in the Supply Corp. Jim was a lifelong fisherman and loved boating and the beach as well. Jim is also a member of the Pensacola International Billfishing Club.

Jim is survived by his wife Nancy A. Ward, son Michael "Todd" Robbins, daughter in law, Monica Robbins and grandchildren, Samuel Robbins and Naomi Robbins, as well as brothers, Steve Ward and Andy Ward. Viewing is from 10:00 am - 11:00 am on Thursday, May 13, 2021at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am. A Reception will immediately follow the funeral. A Graveside Service will be at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens beginning at 1:00 pm.

Pallbearers will be, Michael Robbins (son), Samuel Robbins (grandson), Steve Ward (brother), Austin Ward and Allen Ward (nephews) and Beau Harris (close friend).

Any flower arrangements can be sent to Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Rd., Pensacola, Fl. 32506.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.oaklawnfunerals.com for the Ward family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael "Todd" Robbins, Samuel Robbins, Steve Ward, Austin Ward, Allen Ward, and Beau Harris

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Reception

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Barbara Ham

May 13, 2021

My heart goes out to Nancy and Todd and Jim's family. We shared many many fun and good times. Sending prayers for all.
Barbara

Gloria Heckman

May 13, 2021

I am so sorry to the family of Jim Ward for your loss. Jim always had a smile when I saw him at Rocky's. He was very kind and everyone knew him. He had a wonderful spirit and I will miss seeing him regularly.

Sonny Steele

May 12, 2021

The first time I met Jim I caught a 83 pound cobia on the miss Ashley and helped the boat win the 2001 outcast cobia invitational, we had some great times over the next 10 years fishing for cobia in March and April. I sent a pic, I’m the guy with the Alabama hat on, Jim always gave me grief about Bama !
Praying for you Nancy sorry for all this stuff

Tina Bowman

May 12, 2021

I remember Mr. Ward, as him and my father, Ernie Bowman worked together at Hygeia Coca Cola Bottling. We use to have some awesome fish luncheons, with plenty of fish and all the trimmings. I am very sorry for your loss, and send prayers for your family! May God surround you All with comfort and peace.

Shirley Norred/ Barrineau

May 12, 2021

Though it has been many, many years since I have seen Jimmy, I was so saddened to hear of his passing. We dated on and off all through high school. We shared so many fun memories at house parties at the beach, Phi Kappa Phi frat. Entre Nous sorority , football games/ parties / dances at Fireman’s Hall. He had such an adventurous and witty way about him, he kept me laughing constantly. Even though we parted and went our separate ways, I will always cherish the wonderful times we had together. Rest In Peace, sweet friend.💁‍♀️

Pam Nolan

May 12, 2021

Nancy I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at Coca-Cola for years. Praying for healing for your family.

Naomi Robbins

May 12, 2021

Dear Paw Paw,

I really love you so much. You have been a very good grandfather to me. Thank you for your love. Rest in Peace.

Love always,
Naomi Robbins

Monica Robbins

May 12, 2021

Dear Jim,

Thank you for being a very good father in law to me and for welcoming me to your family. You always treated me with love and respect which is something I will never forget. Thank you also for being a good father to Todd and a good grandfather to our children Samuel and Naomi. You will always occupy a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace my dear father in law.

Monica Robbins

Samuel Robbins

May 11, 2021

To me, Jim, or as I knew him for most of my life " Paw Paw " was one of those steady rocks in my life. As a loving and caring Grandfather, he was always there for those who loved him and were close to him. Always a phone call away no matter what the time and the place, it was a guarantee he would be there. I always looked up to him and hearing him tell stories of his time in the Army stuck with me. I remember when I was still in grade school when he gifted me the dog tags he had saved from his Army days. I remember wearing them on so many occasions as I grew up waiting for my time to serve as he had. I remember when it came the time for me too picky my branch of the service and chose the Army thinking of him. It still is fresh in my memory the weekend after I enlisted I came to his house told him I had joined the Army just like my Grandpa. Or the time when I was called up for a hurricane response stuck in a fuel line and he was the one who swiftly gave me a ride home so I could gather my gear and respond. To me, he was a loving mentor, inspiration,a dn above all a loving grandfather. In the Cav we have a poem of an afterlife for Cavalrymen who had passed, it is called Fiddler's Green. To wrap this up I would like to say this Staff Sergeant Ward I hope that when I pass I will get to see you again when I " go to Fiddlers’ Green". I love you Paw Paw and I know I will see you again.

John Allen

May 11, 2021

Jimmy was a unique character with a big heart, who lived life on his own terms - which I admired. As an elementary schooler, I remember sitting at the back porch table at Maw Maws and hearing stories of Jimmy out running the police in his cool yellow corvette, and of his fishing exploits - I remember him bringing the mounted billfish from his win at Pensacola’s International Fishing Tournament to Maw Maws house for the whole family to admire - and being impressed by the Penn deep sea real he won with that fish! He lived a full life - my heart goes out to Nancy, Todd, Steve and Andy - he will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY