Dr. Horace S. Ward Jr., 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
He was born March 30, 1939, in Garahuns, Pernambuco, Brazil to the Rev. Horace S. and Eva Carolyn (Hall) Ward Sr.
He spent the first 12 years of his life in Brazil and then moved with his family to Ashland, Ky.
He graduated from high school at the Academy at Southwestern Bible College, Oklahoma City. He received his bachelor of arts from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, his bachelor of science from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio and his master of arts and doctorate from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
He was ordained into the ministry of the Church of God on June 27, 1966, and pastored churches in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland.
As an educator he served as instructor, assistant professor and dean of Students at Lee University, Cleveland, and as president of West Coast Christian College in Fresno, Calif.
After retirement he moved to Yukon, Okla., in August 2006 and was a member of Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson, Paul Horace Ward.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn; one son, David Ward and wife, Paula, of Yukon; two brothers: Duteil Ward and wife, Norine, of Xenia, Ohio, and the Rev. James Ward and wife, Joyce, of Greensboro, N.C.; brother-in-law, Wayne Eastham and wife, Linda, of Medical Lake, Wash.; four nieces; three nephews and their families; and had been blessed by a host of loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Parkinsons Foundation or to the Horace S. Ward Endowed Scholarship at The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, in care of McNeil’s Funeral Service.
Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City with interment to follow in Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, Okla., under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang, Okla.
Online condolences may be made at www.grissomfh.com. This notice is a courtesy of Grissom Funeral Home.