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175 VFW Post Rd / PO Box 725
Phone: 706-778-8668
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J. "Terry" Ward

Sunday, June 14th, 1953 - Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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J. “Terry” Ward, age 66 of Alto, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Born in Demorest, Georgia on June 14, 1953 to the late John Buford and Dorothy “Dot” Henson Ward. Mr. Ward was a lineman and worked his way up to an operations manager with Habersham EMC with 37 years of service. During his career, he received GEMC Foreman & Supervisors’ Cofer-Langston Award for outstanding leadership. Terry was a graduate of Piedmont College. He was a member of the Cherokee Gun Club, past president of the Lake Burton Water Ski Association, ground man, team leader and founding member for HEMC’s first Lineman’s Rodeo team who placed first in the state and 3rd in the nation. Terry enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, the water especially the lake and early Saturday morning ski trips with his kids while they were growing up.

Survivors include his wife, Melany Berrong Ward of Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica & Andrew Smith of Rabun Gap; son and daughter-in-law, Whit & Jessica Ward of Lakemont; 6 grandchildren; numerous other family and many, many friends.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 12 noon, Saturday, June 29, 2019 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart.

The family will receive friends from 10 am until the service hour on Saturday.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Circle of Hope Cornelia, PO Box 833, Cornelia, GA 30531, F.A.I.T.H. Inc., PO Box 1964, Clayton, GA 30525 or a charity of your choice.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 12:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Chapel
    175 VFW Post Rd
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Whit Ward

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Tommy and Connie Wilbanks

Posted at 09:37pm
Connie and I are saddened to hear the news of Terry’s passing. Although we had not had much contact with him in the past several years, I still cherish our times together as children and teenagers. Your family will be in our prayers.
Tommy and Connie Wilbanks

Todd Pealock

Posted at 02:28pm
Terry was a very genuine friend and coworker. He enjoyed making others successful and always went above and beyond people’s expectations. Terry encouraged me to begin shooting clays and thru that many great memories. I pray that God blesses all the family thru this difficult time.


Andrea & Tom Foster & family

Posted at 11:44am
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Sue Thompson

Posted at 11:23pm
Terry was a kind and thoughtful person. He was generous with his support to me and my parents and loved by all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Know he is with those who preceded him and who also loved him.

Stan Howe

Posted at 04:44pm
Terry was a great guy, I have so many memories of him, all of which are good. On one of our trips to South Dakota I remember stopping to eat and he was thrilled they had thick cut fried bologna sandwiches...of course he got extra onions and an extra slice to sneak for my dog Hannah to eat. That's so typical Terry. I'm glad I got to sit with you both recently on your beautiful back porch and catch up. He will surely be missed but certainly never forgotten.

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