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John Ward

January 7, 2021

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John Ward, 84

John Ward, 84 of West Portsmouth died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at his home.  He was born April 21, 1936 in Martin County, Kentucky to the late McKinley and Fannie Delong Ward.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John Ward, 4 brothers; Paul Ward Sr., James Ward, Elmer Ward, and Homer Ward, and 2 sisters; Ella Mae Ward and Goldie Cook.

He was a United States Army Veteran and coached many kids on the West Side in all sports.  He also formerly ran the scores clock for West football and loved to work at the haunted house.

John is survived by his wife, Penny Norman Ward, 3 sons; Tony (Jenny) Ward, Terry (Tanya) Ward, and Jamie (Danielle) Ward, stepchildren; Karen Hiles, Kevin Hiles, Tim Hiles, and Tracy Sanders, 15 grandchildren; Toni, Kayla, Sarah, Bethany, Chelsie, Daniel, Chris, Ashley, Kelsey, Dallas, Carlee, Cassidy, Dakota, Evin, and Lyndi, 12 great grandchildren; Alex, Julianna, Giovanni, Korbin, Kenzie, Ava, Carder, Hope, Abbi, Brody, Preston, and Addison, along with several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at convenience of the family with David Lute officiating and interment in Scioto Burial Park.  Military graveside rites will be performed by the James Dickey Post 23 American Legion.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth.  Condolences may be sent to

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