James Ronnie Ward, 63, of Batesville died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the White River Medical center in Batesville.
He was born Aug. 27, 1947, in Batesville, Ark., to James Henry and Betty Jo Martin Ward.
He served in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserve, retired from Con-Agra in Batesville, where he worked for 30 years, and was a past member of the Mount Zion Masonic Lodge at Southside.
He loved his family and his dogs, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Batesville.
He was preceeded in death by his father, James H. Ward.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janet Hughes Ward of the home; two sons: Jamie H. Ward and wife Jenny, and Corey Alan Ward and wife Jessica; mother, Betty Jo Ward and brother Reggie K. Ward, all of Batesville; sister Regina Marlin of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren: Nathan Duke, Hayden Ward, Tabyn Ward, and Taft Ward, all of Batesville, and Alyssa Ward of Bakersfield, Calif.; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A graveside memorial service was held Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville, with Bro. Paul Seay officiating.
Arrangements by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.
Honorary pallbearers were Mac McClure, Bob Pinkston, Jack Duke, Jerry hatman, Carroll Smith, Billy Martin, Chick Standsberry, Chad McClure and Wesley McClure.