James ‘Jim’ Ward

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — James “Jim” Ward, 69, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2019. He passed to the heavens at his daughter’s home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, surrounded by his loving family and following a courageous battle with cancer.

Jim was born in Columbus on Nov. 13, 1949, to Jim and Wanda (Howerton) Ward.

Jim graduated from Columbus Unified High School with the Class of 1967 and attended Pittsburg State University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967 to 1973. 

Jim spent his entire adult life in the newspaper business, beginning his career as advertising director and going on to serve as publisher of newspapers in many communities in the Midwest and South. He retired from the Marshall County Tribune, Lewisburg, Tennessee, in 2016. Jim was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in the communities where he resided. He was a member of the Kansas Press Association, Masonic Lodge in Fort Scott and the Blue Lodge in Pittsburg. A man of strong faith, he attended Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee.

Jim and his wife, Glenda, known as Papa and Boo, enjoyed their 48 years together. Whether attending their grandsons’ sporting events, visiting their youngest grandchildren, Ella and Emmett, or just enjoying their flower garden, Jim and Glenda were inseparable. Jim was an avid photographer and, after Glenda’s passing, had taken up painting.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Ford and her husband, Eric, of Spring Hill, Tennessee; grandsons, Gavin, Carson and Kiston, all of Spring Hill, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Fahlan Ford of Houston, Texas; a son, Paul Ward; a granddaughter, Ella, and grandson, Emmett, of Benton, Kentucky; sisters, Patty Blair of Oswego, Paula Langerot, Kathi Langerot and Marla Tanner, all of Columbus; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda; Glenda’s parents, Dale and Mary Westervelt; a sister, Judy Tedlock; and brothers-in-law, Danny Tedlock, Raymond, Ray and Keith Westervelt and Donny Armstrong.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Grace Chapel, 3279 Southall Rd., Franklin, Tennessee. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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