John Oscar Ward

b. 17 August 1917, d. 16 March 2003
  • John Oscar Ward was born on 17 August 1917 in Texas.
  • He was known as J. O.
  • Will Jay Ward and Dink Etta Teague appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Richards, Grimes County, Texas. Other members of the household included John Oscar Ward, Lee Ola Ward, Mary Hazel Ward and Maureen Alvarice Ward.
  • He married Mabel Louise Cheshire, daughter of Phenie Baker, on 18 July 1939.
  • He was self-employed with his own route as an ice man, according to the 1940 census.
  • Will Jay Ward registered for the draft on 27 April 1942 in Harris County, Texas, while living at 210-1/2 1st Jones Street in Pelly, and employed by Bayshore Bus Company in Goose Creek. Contact: his son J. O. Ward, 217 Elm Street, Pelly.
  • The SSDI lists Sealy, Austin County, Texas, as the last residence of record of John Oscar Ward.
  • John Oscar Ward died on 16 March 2003 at age 85 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • He was interred at Fairview Cemetery, Grimes County, Texas, near Richards.
  • The following appeared on 28 March 2003 in The Sealy News: Funeral services for John Ward, 85, of Sealy, were held Thursday, March 20, at First United Methodist Church in Sealy, with the Rev. Bill Webb officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Richards. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Ward, Vernon Ela, David Ela, Ed Saha, Joe Termina, Jim Billings, and Timothy Palmer, with honoray pallbearers being W.P. Christie, Harold McKee and Bob Vail. Born and raised in Richards, John Oscar Ward was the son of Jay Ward and Dink Teague Ward. He graduated from high school in Richards and attended the University of Houston during the Depression. On Dec. 21, 1968, John and the former Thelmarie "Tim" Blakeway were married in Fulshear. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sealy, a lifetime member of the American Legion, a 32nd degree Mason, past president of the Sealy Rotary, and a mentor in the Raising Academic Performance (RAP) program. John was retired from To-Tal Pipeline of Wales and Scotland, where he was purchaser/engineer. He was a world traveler; he especially loved Indonesia and could speak the language. John had a green thumb, and could make anything grow. John Oscar Ward died Sunday, March 16, in Houston. He is survived by his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, John Michael and Sharon Ward, of Bryan, David Ela of Florence, Ariz., and Vernon and Linell Ela of Orlando, Fla; sister Maureen Chatham, of Baytown; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel Wells and Lee Ola Cook. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 Atchison, Sealy, TX 77474, or the RAP program, P.O. Box 1112, Bellville, TX 77418.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jul 2016

Family: Mabel Louise Cheshire b. 3 December 1917, d. 10 July 1998