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Radney-Smith Funeral Home

320 North Elm Avenue, Sylacauga, AL

OBITUARY

James "Tommy" Thomas Ward

July 1, 1940May 19, 2020

James Thomas (Tommy) Ward

Goodwater, AL - Graveside service for James Thomas (Tommy) Ward, 79, will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery with Bro. Wayne Walker officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Goodwater, AL

Tommy went to be with his Lord on May 19, 2020 at Russell Medical Center. Tommy was born on July 1, 1940 in Sylacauga, AL. to parents James Dolphus Ward and Mary Eleanor Thomas Ward. He graduated from Goodwater High School.

He married the love of his life, Sharron Thompson Ward in 1967, who survives him. Tommy is also survived by daughter, Shari Acklin and husband Patrick from Childersburg; son, James (Jimmy) Ward and wife Patty from Goodwater; grandchildren, Dalton Ward from Salt Lake City, Utah, Travis Ward and wife Devon from Rockford, Meagan McGrady and husband Tyler from Sylacauga, McCoy Ward, Caleb Miley both from Goodwater; great-grandchildren, Mary Ann Ward, Caydon Brekle, Saylor McGrady, Colin Ward due in August and Baby McGrady due in September.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Dolphus Ward and Eleanor Ward, and brother, Harold Ward.

He worked for Kimberly Clark for 35 years and retired from there in 2000. He faithfully attended Mr. Olive First Baptist Church in Goodwater where he served as a deacon for many years. He never met a stranger and always put God first in his life and loved his family dearly. He always looked forward to serving with Carpenters for Christ. He made many friends through this ministry. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being in the outdoors. Devoted, loyal, funny, humble and loving only begins to describe Tommy and his loss has left an empty spot in anyone's heart who knew him

Visitation will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Mt Olive Church in Goodwater.

Pallbearers will be Terry Thompson, McCoy Ward, Jay Berry, Tyler McGrady and Travis Ward.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com.

Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL will direct the services..

  • FAMILY

  • Sharron Thompson Ward, Wife
  • Shari Acklin (Patrick), Daughter
  • James (Jimmy) Ward (Patty), Son
  • Dalton Ward, Grandchild
  • Travis Ward (Devon), Grandchild
  • Meagan McGrady (Tyler), Grandchild
  • McCoy Ward, Grandchild
  • Caleb Miley, Grandchild
  • Mary Ann Ward, Great Grandchild
  • Caydon Brekle, Great Grandchild
  • Saylor McGrady, Great Grandchild
  • Colin Ward due in August, Great Grandchild
  • Baby McGrady due in September, Great Grandchild
  • James Dolphus Ward, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Eleanor Ward, Mother (deceased)
  • Harold Ward, Brother (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Terry Thompson, Pallbearer
  • McCoy Ward, Pallbearer
  • Jay Berry, Pallbearer
  • Tyler McGrady, Pallbearer
  • Travis Ward, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

Memories

James "Tommy" Thomas Ward

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Cynthia Lee

May 20, 2020

Tommy was a great, Christian man who will be sadly missed by everyone who were blessed to know him. He was selfless & would gladly give you his last dime. He loved God, his family, friends, & Church. I was 12 years old when my sister married him. He was a wonderful big brother to me. I spent many summers at their house & he always welcomed me with open arms. I loved the country Church (Mt. Olive) that he took me to every Sunday & Wednesday while I was visiting. My heart is broken because he is gone but yet I know he is rejoicing in Heaven. I miss him already. My love, thoughts, & prayers are with all his loved ones.

Angela Pearson

May 20, 2020

I have know Tommy since I was a teenager, when I became friends with Shari and then Jimmy. . I believe I spent at least 20 Fourth of July's in a row at his house, maybe more! He was always smiling and laughing! I loved talking to him. He had some really funny stories! My favorite was the one about the bear in Tennessee while camping. I had a lot of respect for him. He was what a man should be! He loved God, His Family and His Church. He always welcomed me and mine into the family and made us feel we were a part of them. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. I love you guys and you are in my prayers. Angela

Patty Ward

May 20, 2020

Patty Ward

May 20, 2020

Patty Ward

May 20, 2020

Keith Cardwell

May 20, 2020

As a kid it was fun to go to Tommy and Sharron's home. He had this huge (at least to me) built in aquarium that got me to wanting one. He and my dad (Joe Cardwell) were first cousins.

Sad to get this news. I haven't seen him in 45 years but still feeling a great sense of loss.

Debra Hornsby

May 20, 2020

Such a sweet and caring person. He was always the same every time you saw him. He loved people and would do anything for them. Great husband, father, grandfather, friend, we shared family from Jimmy to Patty to McCoy and he always treated me like family from the first time we met. I know he is with the God he loved and totally healed.

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