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September 8, 1944 - December 23, 2018

Burial Date: January 13, 2019

In accordance with Mr. Ward’s wishes, he has been cremated. Visitation will be January 13 from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm at Melton Mortuary. At 5:00pm a moment of prayer will be held for those who wish to attend by Tyler Worrells. The Ward family will have a private burial of his ashes at the Donald C. Kinnard Cemetary in Dunbar, WV.

Gary Lee “Granddaddy” Ward

Gary Lee “Granddaddy” Ward of Beckley, West Virginia passed away with his daughter, son-in-law and 6th floor Veteran’s Hospital staff by his side December 23, 2018 following a long illness at the Beckley Veteran’s Hospital in Beckley. He was 74 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Lively Ward; son, Christopher Bailey Ward; and his parents Gilbert and Freda Ward.
Gary was born September 8, 1944 in Beckley. He married Carol Sue Lively July 6, 1965. They resided in Beckley. Mr. Ward served our country in the Army having served in the Vietnam War. Gary received an Honorable Discharge. Gary graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963. He also was a graduate of WV Tech where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He worked in the coal industry for many years as a plant manager at New River Coal and then as a sales engineer for Barrett Haentjens and later for Buchanan Pumps. He always enjoyed golfing and won many club championships during his life to include Black Knight Country Club and Glade Springs. He was a scratch golfer for many years.
He is survived by his daughter, Deborah and husband, Robert Worrells of Daniels; five grandchildren, Tyler and Sydney Worrells of Daniels and Chad, Todd and Sarah Ward of Beaver; sister Susanne Ward Healy and husband Thomas of Easton, Maryland and honorary grandchildren, Amanda Walls of Daniels and Fairuz and Isya Zou of Charleston; as well as many others.
Mr. Ward was truly loved by many and will be missed. He was always proud of his children and grandchildren.
A special thank you goes out to all those working on the 6th floor of the Veteran’s Hospital for their love and care. They were all considered part of Mr. Ward’s family.
In accordance with Mr. Ward’s wishes, he has been cremated. Visitation will be January 13 from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm at Melton Mortuary. At 5:00pm a moment of prayer will be held for those who wish to attend by Tyler Worrells. The Ward family will have a private burial of his ashes at the Donald C. Kinnard Cemetary in Dunbar, WV.
Online condolences: www.meltonmortuary.com.