Bobby "Bob" D. Ward
Bobby “Bob” D. Ward, 85, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., lost his eight year battle with cancer on December 12, 2018, as he passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Caruth Village Funeral Home, 4623 North Highway 7, Hot Springs Village, Ark., with Jerry Morgan officiating. At a later date, following cremation, there will be a graveside service held at Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Ark.
Bob was born October 7, 1933, in Greenway, Ark., as the seventh of 10 children, to Hazel and Charlie Ward. Bob was voted as the basketball team captain for the first All-Star State Championship while at Greenway High School, where he graduated in 1952. He continued his education at Arkansas State University on a basketball scholarship. While playing for the ASU Indians, Bob was the only freshman to start every game. In fact, during his senior year playing for ASU, he was named MVP.
While attending college, he was drafted into the Army where he served as a cook from 1954 to 1956. After completing his service, Bob returned to ASU. After earning back his basketball scholarship, he went on to graduate in 1959. He then used his education to enjoy a great career in finance.
After retiring from City Finance Corporation, of Memphis, Tenn., he moved to Piggott where he enjoyed retirement. Later, he relocated to Hot Springs Village, in 2002, where he could play golf regularly—a sport he cherished. He enjoyed golfing, and made many, many friends over the years playing the game he so loved.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Hazel; five sisters, Open Hounihan, Rita Foster, Dot Pipkins, Viola Jones and Anita Beveridge; and a brother, Bill Ward.
He is survived by his soulmate, Janet Norris of Hot Springs Village; his brothers, Bud Ward of Heber Springs and Sam Ward, and wife Mary, of Malden, Mo.; and a sister, Sandra Davis, and husband Larry, of Paragould, Ark. Bob is also survived by two sons, Ricky Ward of Moscow, Tenn. and Mark Ward, and wife Kim, of Collierville, Tenn.; along with Janet's family, daughter Kim Bradford, and husband Gary; granddaughter Amanda Brannon, and husband Jordan, and great-granddaughter Addisyn, all of Rector, Ark. Bob also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews and so many cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, Bob suggests donations be sent to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North, Little Rock, Ark., 72116.