February 1, 2017
Graveside services for Bernell Thomas Ward will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 11 a. m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in the House Community with Rev. Joshua Ward officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2017, from 6 until 8 p. m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Ward, 87, of Ocean Springs, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Ocean Springs Health and Rehab.
He was a native of the House Community of Neshoba County, but lived most of his life in Meridian. He worked as a self employed house painter for over 50 years until his retirement. Mr. Ward played the mandolin for over 50 years and was a member of a local blue grass band for over 35 years. He was well known for wearing a Stetson cowboy hat, wherever he went.
Survivors include his daughter, Kris Heath and her husband, Allen of Pisgah, AL; son, Kerry Ward and his wife, Sherry of Meridian; step-children, Nora Wallace, Sammy Miller, David Miller, Dennis Miller, Mark Miller and George Miller; three grandchildren, April Bothwell of Ashville, AL, Joshua Ward and his wife, Rachael of Gautier and Kristina McGowin and her husband, Brandon of Terrell, TX; seven great-grandchildren, Shaun Bothwell, Kaylee Bothwell, Cateraa Bothwell, Braydon McGowin, Rigdon Ward, Olivia McGowin and Lydia Ward; two sisters, Arrow Bowenn of Philadelphia and Dorothy Fain of Philadelphia; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Pearl Ward; daughter, Brenda Irene Ward; son, Tony Ward; great-granddaughter, Bella Ward; and 16 siblings.