Joyce Ward, 88, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Piggott, Ark., passed away December 1, 2017, in Poplar Bluff.
She was born on February 15, 1929, in Holcomb, Mo., and was the daughter of the late James and Lena (Johnson) McComb.
She was united in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Ward on July 31, 1947, and to this union six children were born. Gene preceded her in death on August 27, 2001.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Criss Ward; her brothers, Stanley, Junior, Jack, Paul, Glen, Jerry Don, Charles and Marvin; an unnamed infant brother; and a sister, Hope Davidson.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Bissey of Labadie, Mo.; her sons, Dennis Ward of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Robert Ward of Dexter, Mo., Richard Ward of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Roger Ward of Dexter, Mo.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Ted McComb of Piggott, Ark.; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Ken Johnson officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery in Piggott, Ark. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, was in charge of the arrangements. Visitation was held beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, and continued until the time of the service, at the funeral home.