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John "Bush Rod" Ward, Jr.

January 12, 1945 December 16, 2019
John "Bush Rod" Ward, Jr.
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“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
John 14:1-3

We have come together at the call of death, an event that is continually occurring around us. Death is the end of life in each individual. The crumbling of the body into dust from whence it came. The object of Jesus’ death was life. We grieve because we shall miss our dad, but we realize the supremacy of God’s will. We ask the Lord for strength to sustain us during our sorrow.

Mr. John Lewis Ward, Jr. (Butch/Bushrod) was born on January 12, 1945, in Memphis, Tennessee, to the late John Lewis Ward, Sr. and Cansater Warren. God whispered in his ears and beckoned him home on Monday, December 16, 2019.
He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Hopewell Baptist Church. He was a member of the choir and was a faithful man of God all of his life.
He attended Carnes Elementary and Manassas High School. John retired from Malone and Hyde. Landscaping was a passion that he pursued until his demise.
Bushrod loved The Firestation C.B. Club, fishing, racing cars, dancing, cooking, and family. His favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys. His heart was filled with gold, and he had a way of bringing out the best in a person with his smile and humorous personality.
He united in Holy matrimony to his childhood sweetheart, Emily R. Jones Ward. Realizing that there is a time and a season for everything, his three daughters: LaTrina, Adrianne and Sparkle Ward; a Godson, Cedric Tarton; one sister, Juanita Cavicante of Los Angeles, CA; five grandchildren: Marvis, Gregory, Tavian, Jamal and Shanesia; three great-grandchildren, one aunt Olivia Simmons, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends Eddie & Diane Ewell, Mack Jones, Phillip Mayes and the Firestation C.B. Club of Memphis members.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

27

Dec

4:00 PM 12/27/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 12/27/2019 6:00:00 PM
Harrison's Memorial Chapel, Inc.

3320 Millbranch Rd
Memphis, TN 38116

Harrison's Memorial Chapel, Inc.
3320 Millbranch Rd Memphis 38116 TN
United States

Visitation

Saturday

28

Dec

11:00 AM 12/28/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:55 AM 12/28/2019 11:55:00 AM
Hopewell Baptist Church

334 Ashland St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Hopewell Baptist Church
334 Ashland St. Memphis 38105 TN
United States

Service

Saturday

28

Dec

12:00 PM 12/28/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 12/28/2019 1:00:00 PM
Hopewell Baptist Church

334 Ashland St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Hopewell Baptist Church
334 Ashland St. Memphis 38105 TN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

New Park Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3900 Sewanee Rd.
Memphis, TN 38109

3900 Sewanee Rd. Memphis 38109 TN
United States
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