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James Ward, Jr.

January 24, 1937 — November 14, 2019

James E. “Pokey” Ward, Jr, 82, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, at WMHS Frostburg Nursing and Rehab Center with his son at his side.

Born on January 24, 1937, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late James Edward and Leona (Pressman) Ward.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Margaret Ward, in 2018; brother William Ward and brother-in-law Jerry Davis.

Mr. Ward attended Beall High School and was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. He retired from the Garrett County Board of Education.  He loved music and playing the guitar.

Surviving are his son, James Ward III and his wife, June; grandchildren, Justin Adams, Frostburg, Amanda Ward, Huntersville, NC and Zachary Ward, Castine, ME; great-grandson Kaden Adams; sisters Betty Langan and husband Joe, and Mildred Davis; brother Earl “Buv” Ward and wife Libby; sisters-in-law  Mary Lou “Pinky” Ward and Maxine Bond; brother-in-law Kenny McKenzie and partner Linda Connor; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave, Frostburg, MD, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 2-5 pm.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 2 pm with Rev. Joe Penick and Rev. Diane Smith officiating.

Interment will follow at Emmanuel Methodist Cemetery with Rev. Dan Agnew officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Emmanuel Methodist Church, Finzel, or Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department.

The family thanks the staff of Frostburg Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care and compassion during James’ residency there.

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