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Radney Funeral Home – Saraland

1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL

OBITUARY

Dr. James Max Ward

January 29, 1934September 3, 2020
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Dr. James M. Ward – born on January 29, 1934, in Dothan, Alabama to parents Audie J. and Lena Elisabeth Ward, and passed away in Fairhope, Alabama on September 3, 2020.

He graduated from Kinston High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954-55, spending fourteen months of this time in Bremerhafen, Germany.

Dr. Ward graduated from Auburn University in 1964 and practiced veterinary medicine in Opp, AL from 1964-69. He then moved to Saraland, AL where he opened the first veterinary clinic and practiced at this location for 42 years.

Dr. Ward was a member of the Mobile VMA and Alabama VMA.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Herschel Edwin Ward.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elke Ward; children, Wes Ward, Turner Ward (Donna), Wade Ward (Colette), Jay Ward, Jodi Ward, and Lance Ward (Lynn); step-son, Barry Strickland; sister, Betty Bahl; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Saraland on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 2 p.m.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the service hour. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-saraland.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Memories

Dr. James Max Ward

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Charmian Winsett

September 10, 2020

Elke, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Every time I drive to Bay Minette I see your sign by the highway and think of you and Jim and the last time we ran into each other in Walmart with you helping Jim and me pushing Garry in his wheelchair. I think of you having Easter egg hunts on your property for the church and how you both contributed to ESBC in so many ways. Prayers for your comfort and peace to help you through the weeks and months upcoming.

John & Pat Castleberry

September 8, 2020

Ward family, we were deeply saddened by the news of your father’s death. Many fond memories of your father and family, personal, sports and as our Vet.
My prayer for his children is that their fond memories overshadow their pain. Love y’all.

Donald Evans

September 8, 2020

Dr. Ward was a dear friend we coached alot of baseball together. We think about his boys and where they are now. Wish we could be there but due to poor health am unable to attend.
Our condolences to his family.

Don and Peggy Evans

Kenny Weiss

September 8, 2020

Prayers for the whole family. Sorry for your loss.

Dexter & Doris Horton

September 5, 2020


Very sad to hear of Jim’s death.
We have been friends with the entire family for many years !
Always enjoyed being around Jim. Lots of fun with the family.
Our children grew up across the street from Jim - Many memories from their past.
Jim was a very good person & veterinarian !
He will be missed by many.
Dexter & Doris

Debra Butler

September 5, 2020

I'm so sorry l just heard of Dr Ward's passing! He will always be in my heart! He will be sadly missed! My father and Dr Ward were old friends. I used him as my veterinarian for many many years! He taught me so much about my pets! Love you Dr Ward! ❣ My sympathy goes out to his family and friends! God Bless!

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Biography

Dr. James M. Ward – born on January 29, 1934 in Dothan, Alabama to parents Audie J. and Lena Elisabeth Ward, passed away in Fairhope, Alabama on September 3, 2020. He graduated from Kinston High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954-55, spending fourteen months of this time in Bremerhafen, Germany. Dr. Ward graduated from Auburn University in 1964 and practiced veterinary medicine in Opp, AL from 1964-69. He then moved to Saraland, AL where he opened the first veterinary clinic and practiced at this location for 42 years. Dr. Ward was a member of the Mobile VMA and Alabama VMA. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Herschel Edwin Ward. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elke Ward; children, Wes Ward, Turner Ward (Donna), Wade Ward (Colette), Jay Ward, Jodi Ward, and Lance Ward (Lynn); step-son, Barry Strickland; sister, Betty Bahl; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Saraland on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the service hour. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-saraland.com.

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