Billy G. Ward

May 19, 2020

Retired Honorable Judge Billy G. Ward, 95 of Walnut Hill, Florida, passed away 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, Florida. He served in the United States Army and was a WWII veteran.

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, Royce Ward and his sister Willodean Bingham.

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

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Walnut Hill Baptist Church. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. until service time at Walnut Hill Baptist Church. The Reverend Ted Bridges and Reverend James Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Honorary pallbearers are 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.


One Response to “Billy G. Ward”

  1. Tommy Holland on May 21st, 2020 9:04 am

    Oh, what a great man. My Mom and “The Judge” were schoolmates and lifelong friends. He was the most fair and compassionate individual I have ever known and was always there to lend an ear and hand in whatever your need might be. I celebrate his life and mourn your loss. Thanks for sharing him with us for all these years.

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