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Gary Thomas Ward, 68
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Sparta resident and Warren County native Gary Thomas Ward, 68, was born Feb. 17, 1951 and died Oct. 16 at NHC Healthcare Center in Sparta following an extended illness.

A former employee of Opportunities, Inc. and a member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Marion and Winona Ward.

He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Janice Ward of McMinnville, three nephews Cory, Jeremy and Shawn (Vanessa) Ward, all of McMinnville, and seven great-nieces and great-nephews, Synthia, Piper, Wenzdai, Zarek, Benny, Raven and River Ward, aunt Juanita Martin Oliver of McMinnville, and several cousins.

Funeral service will be 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at High's Chapel with Harold Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Crain Hill Cemetery in Van Buren County. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at High's. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 18, 2019