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175 VFW Post Rd / PO Box 725
CORNELIA, GA 30531
Phone: 706-778-8668
Fax: 706-776-9257
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John Buford
Ward

April 22, 1924 – October 29, 2018

John Buford Ward
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John Buford Ward, age 94 of Mt. Airy, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Born in Demorest, Georgia on April 22, 1924, he was the son of the late Frankie Surie Waldrip. Mr. Ward was a United States Army WWII veteran. He later retired from law enforcement, where he served as county marshal and deputy sheriff in Habersham County. Mr. Ward was a jack of all trades and could fix almost anything largely due to his inventive personality and old-time ingenuity. He was very independent and enjoyed telling jokes, singing and music. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Henson Ward; sister, Myrtis Garrett.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Melany Ward of Alto; grandchildren and spouses, Jessica (Andrew) Smith and Whit (Jessica) Ward; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 11 am on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Dr. Kenneth Franklin and Rev. L. Wayne Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Clarkesville City Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Grant Reeves VFW Post # 7720, the American Legion Post # 84 and the Rabun County DAV Chapter #15 as well as the United States Army Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, Attention: Development Division, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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Visitation

When Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
Address
175 Vfw Post Road
Cornelia, GA 30531

Service Information

When
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 11:00am
Officiating
Dr. Kenneth Franklin
Co-Celebrant
Rev. L. Wayne Hicks
Location
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Chapel
Address
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531

Interment Information

Location
Clarkesville City Cemetery
Address
Highway 441
Clarkesville, GA 30523