Billy G. Ward

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Retired Honorable Judge Billy G. Ward, 95, of Walnut Hill, Fla., passed away on May 18, 2020 in Walnut Hill.

He was born to the late Horace H. and Minnie Lou Morgan Ward on September 4, 1924 in Walnut Hill.

He served in the United States Army and was a World War II Veteran.

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He was a graduate of Ernest Ward High School and University of Florida College of Law.

He was a retired Escambia County Florida Judge with over 32 years of service and former member of the Escambia County Florida Bar Association.

He was the last remaining charter member of the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club. He was a lifelong member of the Walnut Hill Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. Judge Ward enjoyed farming, fishing and traveling in his RV.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marshall Ward, Ernest Ward and Royce Ward; and his sister Willodean Bingham.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Lois King Ward of Walnut Hill; two sons, Roy (Jackie) Ward of Bratt, Fla. and Russ (Allison) Ward of Hoover; grandchildren, Jordana Ward, Jocelyn (Nicholas) Drew, Hope Ward, Seth Ward; and a great-grandchild, Eleanor Drew.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 22, 2020 at Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

Visitation preceded the service at Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

The Rev. Ted Bridges and Rev. James Boyd officiated. Burial followed in Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Seth Ward, Nicholas Drew, Horace Ward, Scott Ward, Heath Ward and Craig King.

Honorary pallbearers were Brett Ward, Harry Ward, Ted Bridges, Sr., Tim Gibbs, Kevin Faircloth, Edward Godwin and Ed Hudson.

Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Billy Ward to Walnut Hill Baptist Church Life Center.

Due to the current health care crisis it is asked of you to please use the social distancing requirements. Seating will be limited at the church.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.