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Ward, Alice

Oakland Remarks

A negro woman by the name of Alice Ward, died here last Monday night. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 14,1894

Ward, Bernice (Howard)


Funeral services were held for Sister Bernice Ward Saturday, August 20, from Garwood Church of God in Garwood under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Inc. in Columbus with Rev. Elbert Williams officiating.

Burial was at William Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi Community.

Mrs. Bernice Ward was born February 20, 1924 in Colorado County, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jessie and Early Howard.

She was a dutiful worker and member of Garwood Church of God for forty-five years. She was currently serving as president of the Mission Society and Church Secretary for twenty-five years.

She was a cosmetologist for 29 years (owning and operating Bernice's Beauty Salon); obtaining her training from Hicks Beauty College in San Antonio. She received an Outstanding Business Award In1985.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to John T. Ward Sr., February 19, 1941. To this union four children were born. One daughter, Cherry Anita Owens and four sister, Myrl, Beathyl, Ruthie Mae and Edna Mae preceded her in death. Mrs. Ward was called home August 15 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

She leaves to cherish her memories her beloved husband of 47 years, J. T. Ward; two daughters, Clara Holland and husband, Herb of Los Angeles, California and Eunice Ward of Altair; one son, John T. and wife, Beatrice of Houston; Cynthia Bell and husband Raymond of Columbus (who was reared by her); one brother, Charlie Ward; two sisters, Jessie V. Smith and Leona Robinson; five loving grandchildren; two loving great grandchildren; and, many other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were A. C. Banks, Jay Knight, Raymond Bell, Trahan Taylor, Herb Holland, Charles Taylor, Bro. Harold Crawford and Donnell Owens.

Colorado County Citizen, August 25, 1988, page 2

Ward, Clara Marie (Breitkreuz)

Funeral Services for Mrs. H. A. Ward Jr. Are Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. H. A. Ward Jr., 21, who died Sunday night at nine o’clock in the LaGrange Hospital, were held Tuesday morning at St. Michael's Catholic Church at Weimar, Rev. Szymanski officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery, Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Ward, formerly Miss Clara Marie Breitkreuz, was born November 21st, 1918, at Weimar. She was married December 22nd, 1938 in Columbus to H. A. Ward Jr.
Survivors include besides her husband, her week old son, John David: her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Breitkreuz of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Oneta Bordenlon of Los Angeles, California and Miss Gladys Breitkreuz of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Wm. Culpepper, Jennerson Buescher, 0. P. Moore Jr., Oscar Hennicke, John David Austin all of Columbus, and Marvin GiIbreath of Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, July 11, 1940

Ward, Dianne (Hall)

Ward Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Dian[sic] Ward of Rt. 2. Fayetteville were held Friday. January 1, 1993 at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Richard Jones officiating.

Interment was in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Ward passed away December 30. 1992 as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident 4-1/ 2 miles west of Frelsburg on FM 1291. She was 35 years of age.

Born September 18, 1957 in Houston, she was the daughter of Hickman Nash Hall and Mary Elizabeth (Cox) Hall. She had been a resident of the Fayetteville area for two years.

Survivors include two sons, David Ward and Bryan Ward, both of Fayetteville; mother and stepfather, Mary and Raymond Canik of Fayetteville; grandfather, Herman Cox of Fayetteville; brothers, Patrick Hall of Houston and Ricky Hall of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; step- sisters, Debra Raabe and Kathleen Wick of Columbus; step- brothers, David Canik and Gerald Canik of Houston and Rusty Canik of Cat Spring; and a special friend, Thomas "Scooter" McLean of Ellinger.

Pallbearers were Al Gene Canik, Gary Soden, David Canik, Charles Meyer. Douglas Anderson and Bobby Krenek.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, January 7, 1993, page 2

Ward, Elizabeth A. (Winkler)

Elizabeth A. Ward

Elizabeth A. Ward, 105, passed away February 18 in Columbus.

She was born June 12, 1900 in Schulenburg, the daughter of Karl and Elizabeth Guenther Winkler.

Elizabeth was a homemaker and member of Catholic Parish of the Nativity.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. from Catholic Parish of the Nativity Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

The family asks that memorials be made to Catholic Parish of the Nativity, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.   

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Ward, F. P.

DIED, in this city, Saturday morning at 6:30, of congestion, Mr. F. P. Ward, for the past year telegraph operator at this place. Deceased was a young man of 22 years, of good character, and was very popular with the people, among whom he had many friends. He had been in ill health for about four weeks, but bore his sufferings with great fortitude. He leaves a wife and bright little boy to mourn his loss. Our sincere sympathy is tendered them in their sad bereavement. [Place of interment unknown.]

Weimar Mercury August 31, 1889

Ward, Fannie (Bondurant)

Former Weimar Lady to Be Buried Here

The body of Mrs. Fannie Ward, beloved wife of Mr. J. S. Ward, was brought here Wednesday afternoon from San Antonio, for burial in the Masonic Cemetery some time Friday morning, from the undertaking parlors of Jno. C. Hubbard.

We understand this estimable lady died in a San Antonio hospital Tuesday. The family formerly lived here, but has resided at McAllen for several years past. They were considered fine people when they lived here, and are well and favorably remembered by hundred of our citizens, who deeply and sincerely regret the death of this estimable lady.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Bailie of Bondurant, Iowa, and Miss Margaret Ward; three sons, Dr. W. P. Ward of Fordyee, Ark., Dr, F. B. Perdue of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Dr. H. S. Perdue of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. J. V. Lengfeister of Mitchville, Iowa, and two brothers, C. B. Bondurant of Whitefish, Mont., and A. C. Bondurant of Los Angeles California.

The heartelt sympathy of many friends throughout this section goes out to the bereaved family in their deep bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, August 14, 1931, page 1

Ward, H. D.


Mr. H. D. Ward, formerly a resident of our town, died in San Antonio the 23d, and his remains were brought here the other day for final interment. Mr. W. had many friends here who mourn his loss. It’s sad to see the widow mourning for the lost in that ominous black that brings pangs to all hearts. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 31, 1882, page 3

Ward, Henry Adkin


Mr. H. A. Ward. Sr., passed away Friday, November 30, at Llano Hospital in Llano, Texas, at the age of 97.

The funeral service was held on Sunday. December 2, at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Columbus, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Reverend Raymond Cox officiating. Mrs. Barbara Cox, organist, played favorite hymns Mr. Ward had sung in church. Duane Kerr sang "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and led the congregation in the singing of "Amazing Grace". [Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest.]

Henry Adkin Ward was born on September 20, 1887, in Hickman County, Kentucky. He moved with his family to San Antonio in 1902, and married Lucille Phillips on August 24, 1910. Mr. Ward moved to Columbus in 1916 with his wife and small son, Billy, and united with First Baptist Church. In 1920, he was one of the first three deacons the church ordained. In 1922, Mrs. Ward was elected church pianist and later organist, a position in which she continued to serve for over 50 years. Mr. Ward worked at and then managed the Ford Garage until 1923 when he began working for Texas Construction Material Company. He retired in 1956, after 33 years with the company.

Mr. Ward was active in the community, in the Masonic Lodge, First Baptist Church, and after retirement was know for his involvement in ministering to the residents of the convalescent home and hospital. In 1979, he received the Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year Award.

For the past two years, Mr. Ward resided at Kingsland Care Center in Kingsland, Texas, near his son.

He was preceded in death by his son, Billy, in 1967, his wife in 1973 and his grandson, John David Ward, in 1978.

Mr. Ward is survived by a sister, Mary Bell Love of San Antonio; three children, H. A, Ward, Jr. of Burnette, Lucille Ward Mouser of Houston, and Bob Ward of Houston, a grandson whom Mr. and Mrs. Ward raised; five grandchildren, Michael Ward of Baytown, Jerry Ward of Houston, Dale Ward of Austin, Sandra Griffin of Houston, and Stephen Mouser of Houston; fourteen great-grandchildren, five nieces, and a nephew.

Pallbearers included four grandsons, Michael Ward, Jerry Ward, Dale Ward, and Stephen Mouser, grandson-In-law, Buddy Griffin, and great-grandson, Ted Griffin.

Colorado County Citizen, December 13, 1984 and January 10, 1985, page 2

Ward, Lee

Lee Ward, 60, colored concrete worker here for many years, died the first of the week and was buried here [Paradise Gardens] Wednesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1945, page 1


Lee Ward, 65, colored, died Monday of last week and the funeral was held on Wednesday at the St. James A. M. E. Church of which he was a member. Rev. A. A. Coates, pastor of the church officiated. Interment was in the colored people’s cemetery west of the city.

A native of Altair, Lee was active in religious and civic affairs. He followed the trade of concrete worker, doing plastering and stucco work. For the past several years he was employed at Houston, returning to Weimar a few months go, after his health began to fail.

Survivors include his widow, Estella P. Ward, one sister and five brothers.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1945, page 1

Ward, Mary A. Barnett

Death of Mrs. Mary A. Ward

Mrs. Mary A. Ward was born Feb. 6, 1821, at Newmarket, Md. At an early age she moved to Kentucky, living there a number of years. While a resident of that state she married Captain Joseph Barnett. With her husband, she moved from Kentucky to Lexington, Mo. At this point her husband, Captain Barnett, died. In the forties, she, with her two small sons, Charles and Alonzo, moved to La Grange Fayette county, Texas. At this point she was, in the year 1850, united in marriage to C. J. Ward, a native of New Hampshire. The family soon afterward moved to the vicinity of Oakland, Colorado county, where they resided a number of years. Mr. Ward dying of paralysis in 1872. Mrs. Ward moved to Weimar in the early eighties, and resided here continuously up to the time of her death--March 22, 1906. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.]

“He giveth his beloved sleep.” So it was with dear old “Gran.” Like a tired child, she laid down to rest, to awake in that home to which she longed to go. For fifty-five years she had been a faithful member of the Christian church, and had realized all the joys of that trust to such as she, Christ has promised to make her death bed as soft as downy pillows. Her faithful spirit, without a struggle, was borne away in the still, small hours of the night, to awake to know no weeping. Death is the gate of endless joy to such as she. Her life was fraught with deeds of kindness, “Comfort ye one another,” was her watchword. Many is the heart that will treasure her kindness. Grandma Ward not only raised her own family, but quite a number of her grandchildren. She was a true southern woman and realized all the hardships of the late war. She gave her sons and husband to her country’s cause, who by their bravery did honor to the mother and wife whose patriotism inspired them. To those of her loved ones who so tenderly watched over and cared for her in the helplessness that old age brings, we extend our heart’s warmest sympathy. May god comfort you in your sorrow! You have no cause for grief, for you have repaid her devotions to you. Your loss is her gain, for it would be selfish to want to keep her longer from those on the other side, whom she was so eager to join. Eternal happiness is her share,. She is not lost, but gone before.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1906

Ward, Mary Louise (Evans)

Mother Of Mrs. Baltzer Buried Here On Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Louise Ward were held Friday afternoon, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest. Mr. W. H. Nichols of the Church of Christ officiated and Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ward, here since early in May, died of a heart ailment Wednesday evening June 19 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Robert E. Baltzer. She was born in Indiana on Jan 8, 1873.

Besides Mrs. Baltzer, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Charles Stallard of Fort Knox, Ky., a brother, James Evans of Hohenwald, Tenn., and six grandchildren. Relatives here for the funeral were First Sgt. and Mrs. Buck and daughters Patsy Louise and Peggy Jo of Fort Sam Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 27, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Ward, Minnie

The wife of Lee Ward, a well known colored cement contractor, died Sunday. She had been in ill health for some time, we understand. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1922, page 1

Ward, Ora (Adams)

The citizens of Oakland and community were horrified Friday evening when it became known that Connie Ward, colored, had killed his mother-in-law. Nancy Adams, his wife, Ora, and then shot himself, afterward cutting his throat. All parties are colored. He Is still living, and in all probability will recover. How it all occurred no one seems to know. The shooting took place about 9:30 Friday night, and the shooting and screaming drew a crowd at once to the scene. All three of the negroes were found lying in the road, the two women dead, and Connie in serious condition. Dr. Havens was summoned at once, and it is reported that Connie will recover. Judge W. D. Obenhaus held an Inquest over the bodies of the women shortly after they were found. It is a very deplorable affair, and no one seems to know the particulars. Connie had been out west picking cotton, and had just returned Friday afternoon. He ate supper with his wife, and mother-in-law, and when he returned home about 9 p. m. they refused to let him in, so it is reported, he broke into the house, gun in hand, and his mother-in-law tried to take the weapon away from him, when he shot her. No one knows just bow it happened. The two children tried to tell how it occurred, but they were to excited to give an intelligible account of It. Nancy Adams was well thought of by whites and blacks, and her untimely death is deplored. [Place of interment unknown] Sheriff John F. Wegenhoft and County Attorney A. A. Gregory were here from Columbus Saturday to take the Ward negro to jail, but he was not able to be moved, and he was left in charge of Walter Scott until he is able to be moved.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1921, page 7

Ward, unknown

Aged Recluse Found Dead In His Home

An aged white man named Ward, who lived in seclusion by himself at his home several miles south of Weimar, was found dead upon his floor one day last week. The aged man had evidently been dead for several days. He had fallen out of bed, and laid there and died all alone. We understand that a party in passing the borne noted the old man lying on the floor, but thought he was taking a nap and did not stop.

We know very little about the man and could ascertain but little. although we made numerous Inquiries. We were told that the man possessed considerable money and property, but preferred to live the life of a recluse, and died alone and unattended. Neighbors saw to it that he was given a docent burial. [Place of interment unknown]

Officers from the Oakland precinct held an inquest and determined that the man died from natural causes.

Weimar Mercury, October 26, 1928, page 1
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