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Pioneers of Walton County

Joe Ward

DEATH CLAIMS PIONEER RESIDENT OF WALTON CO. -- Uncle Joe Ward, one of the eldest citizens of the county, passed away last week at the home of his son, J. J. Ward, former chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, at Bruce, and was laid to rest in Antioch cemetery, on Thursday; the funeral being one of the most largely attended ever held in that section, Rev. J. W. Mathison officiating.

Mr. Ward had reached the very advanced age of 94, and up until almost the last was possessed of his faculties in a remarkable degree.  Largely self-educated, he was possessed of a wide range of information and evolved a system of short hand writing for his own use, by which, only a few years ago, he could write as rapidly as many expert stenographers.  He could repeat chapter after chapter of the Bible, and was better acquainted with the Book as a whole than many ministers.  Like many old people, his memory of events in the past was particularly vivid, and many instances of the earlier history of this section, which should have been preserved in written form, will now pass forever.

In his going, Walton county has lost a man whose charity was never failing, whose influence was for good and whose memory will ever be cherished by those fortunate enough to know him.  Surviving this grand old man are five sons:  William J., Thomas F., W.A., C.P., and J.J.; three daughters, all of whom were in attendance at his bedside with the exception of a daughter now in North Carolina.

(The Breeze, DeFuniak Springs, 13 March 1924 - Transcribed by Heather Holley)



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