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Kenneth Ward - Class Of 1968


HAMPTON - Kenneth I. Ward, 62, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in South Hill, Va. He was a lifelong resident of Hampton.
Kenny was self employed for 35 years, and now a driver with Branscome Inc. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a member of the Army & Navy Lodge #306, AF&AM, the American Legion Post #48, and the HOG Motorcycle Club.
Kenny was preceded in death by his wife, Robin Ward; mother, Anna Lucille Ward; and father, Herman Bowdie Ward Sr.
He is survived by his daughters, Anna Lee Ward McDaniel and husband, Aaron of Poquoson, and Carrie Jean Walker and husband, Cameron of Blackridge, Va.; grandchildren, Fischer and Saylor McDaniel and Patrick Ward; brother, H. Bowdie Ward Jr.; sister, Shirley Ward Webster and husband, Stuart of Verona, Va.; nephew, Brian Nicholas Webster and wife, Kate of Amherst, Va.; and great-nephew, Connor P. Webster.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Old Brick Church Cemetery, Bacon's Castle, in Surry, with the Rev. David Taylor officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society .
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from December 28 to December 29, 2011


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12/28/11 11:46 AM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

I encourage everyone to visit the Daily Press Guest Book and read all of the tributes to Kenny's life.  Kenny sure did an awful lot to brighten the lives of those who knew him. Always greeted us with a smile and a hug, left you feeling so uplifted and positive.  Worked to help in many quiet ways.  It's a terrible shock to lose him this way.  I think he is in heaven with so many of those who have preceded us, John Kasper, Teresa Flowers, his wife and family members.  Although Kenny now belongs to the ages, my memories will be of him smiling, laughing, listening with compassion and finding some way to make things better.  Rest in peace and enjoy the Harley rides in the sky!!   Bonnie & Alley Mittelmaier

12/31/11 04:43 PM #2    

John Johnson (1968)

Just do not really know what to say or how to say what is in my heart.  I remember Kenny way back... We use to ride motorcycles together.. So long ago, but believe he had a BSA and I had a Triumph at that time. We would ride when ever we could get together. Back then, we had nothing to really think about but to ride into wee hours of the night. As time went on we remained friends and friends with Bowdie and of course Shirley and Stewart.

What good people they are.. And of course Robin with her Cancer... Kenny and His immediate Family were there to assist him and love them. And as you know Kenny and Robin had Friends Galore and they were there to support and do what ever needed to be done.

Of course there is Anna  and Carrie, both are Sweethearts and were Greatly Loved by Both Parents Kenny and Robin... 

As time continued to move on, the girls got older. And they came to work in my office, what a challendge they were... One would try to out do the other.. Sometimes they did not get along, but I knew them and knew they Loved each other.  

The Love and Bond in The Ward House was as strong as I have ever seen. This is what will help Anna, Carrie, Shirley and Bowdie through this tough time...

I was so Lucky to have Kenny as a Friend.... matter of fact, he came to visit me just one week prior to him leaving us. We talked about everybody and everything and he stayed for about 2 1/2 hours... Most of the time saying he had to leave, but I knew why he had to leave. It was to go outside and light one up...

I am so bless to have had him as a friend, he did countless repairs on my offices and other property that I have... Never wanting to take a dime for his efforts. But, I always found a way to get money to him... One time I stuck money in a pack of cigarettes that he had and called him a little later and told him not to throw the pack out when he had finished.

I could continue to write about this Wonderful Friend , but there is not enough space on any Hard Drive to tell about how much People Loved and Cared  for Kenny Ward.

I also see we loss several more School Mates this month.

May God be with each one of them and God Bless the Families of Each and Everyone.

Johnny R. Johson

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