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Milton Parker Ward

Milton Parker Ward, 88, of Deltaville passed away on January 7, 2018 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester. He was a faithful member of Philippi Christian Church. Known to all as “Mit,” he was a lifelong captain of buyboats, freighters, tug boats and barges for Waterfreight Inc. (Ward brothers). After following in his father’s footsteps, Milton retired from the family business in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Ward, known as “Captain Johnny”; mother, Iva D. Ward; brother, John Melvin Ward Sr.; and nephew, Thomas Edward Ward.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, wife, Effie Elizabeth Ward; sons, Stephen Warren Ward and husband Robert M. Lucas, Randy Allen Ward and wife Margaret Bunting Ward, and Mark Weston Ward and wife Shirley Hubbard Ward. Milton was the proud grandfather of Rebecca Terrell Ward-Callaham, Zackery Dowell Ward, Sara Moore Ward, Brock Lyndell Parrish Sr., Parker Allen Ward; and great-grandfather of Patricia Judith Parrish, Brock Lyndell Parrish Jr., and Riley Catharine Parrish. He is survived by brother, Floyd Thomas Ward. He is the uncle of Linda Ward Fears, Floyd Gene Ward, John Melvin Ward Jr., Kenneth Wayne Ward, and Gary Howard Ward.

Funeral services were held at Philippi Christian Church on January 10. The family received friends at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, on January 9.

Memorial gifts may be made to Deltaville Maritime Museum, 2087 Jackson Creek Rd., Deltaville VA 23043. 

posted 01.10.2018

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