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Bill M. “Pete” Ward, Gray

Published October 24th, 2011 6:29 am

Mr. Bill M. “Pete” Ward, age 62, of Gray, TN formerly of Tallmadge, Ohio, passed into Glory on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Ward was born August 11, 1949 in Johnson County, KY to Lassie Davis Payne, Jonesborough and the late Burns O. Ward. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Fred Ward.
He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Jonesborough.
Mr. Ward was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam War.
He retired in 1997 from the City of Tallmadge as Utilities Superintendent after serving 31 years. He moved to Florida after retirement and worked there for several years, and relocated to Tennessee to be close to his mother.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Karen Shumaker Ward, Gray; brothers, Everett “Butch” (Cheri) Ward of Suffield, OH and Michael Ward of Jonesborough; step-daughter, Wendy (Kurt) Holl and grandson Korey Holl all of Kent, OH; step-son, Kenny Wolverton and grandson Drew Wolverton of Tallmadge, OH, daughter, Melissa (Eric) Woods of Johnson City; daughter, Amanda (Scott) Schulte and grandson Zeke Schulte all of Kingsport; and son, Adam (Agia) Ward of Gray and grandson, Sethanial Ward of Lebanon, PA; special aunt, Betty Elser of Myrtle Beach; childhood friend, Billy Curtis; and many cousins, family, friends and loved ones near and far. Pete was regarded as loving, kind, generous, and witty by those whose lives he touched. His memory will remain as an enduring legacy in the hearts and minds of those that loved him.
Funeral services will be conducted 12:30 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Fairview United Methodist Church with Pastors Christi Taylor and Chuck Griffin officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00-12:30 pm Wednesday prior to the service. Interment services will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Adam Ward, Mike Ward, Eric Woods, Scott Schulte, Jake Perkins and Steve Ramsey.
Memorial donations may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church or Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Johnson City.
Condolences may be sent to the Ward family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821.