Thurman Paul Ward

October 6, 2018

Morrison, TN resident and Van Buren County, TN native Thurman Paul Ward, age 91, was born June 22, 1927 and died October 6, 2018 at Raintree Manor following an extended illness.

A retired boiler operator and maintenance for Cumberland Lumber Company, a United States Army veteran of WWII, and a member of the Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Titus Page and Bytha Jane Simmons Ward. He was married on September 9, 1944 to Wilma Jean Martin Ward who preceded him in death. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Alice Christian, Murrell Lee Ward and Michael Ward; granddaughter, Mary Christian; grandson, Paul Houston Timothy Ward; brother, Marion Thomas Ward; and two sisters, Delma Haston and Bonnie Miller.

He is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Janice Ward of Smithville, TN, Kenneth and Audrey Ward of Rock Island, TN, David and Reda Ward of McMinnville, Thurman Lynn and Laurie Ward of Pikeville, TN, James Ward of North Carolina, and Tim Ward of Rock island, TN; three daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Kenneth Braswell of Carthage, TN, Brenda and Ricky Henderson of Rock Island, TN and Linda and Tommy Thompson of McMinnville; twenty grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Janice Tramel Ward of Smithville, TN; sister-in-law, Juanita Oliver of McMinnville; and special friend, Carol Varner of Morrison, TN.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 8, 2018 in High’s Chapel with Ray Skyles and Hershel Short officiating. Burial will follow in Eureka Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at High’s.

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High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.