Otis Fredrick Ward, 79, of Mt. Airy, died Monday, November 3, 2008.
Born in Banks County, he was the son of the late Glenn and Lonnie Gowder Ward. He was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was a retired electrical right-a-way contractor. Mr. Ward was preceded in death by brothers, Roy Ward, George Ward, Albert Ward and Glenn Ward Jr.; and sisters, Mary Lou Landford and Mildred Hilsman.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Turner, Lula; brothers, Ernest Ward, Madison, and Rufus Ward, Eatonton; sisters-in-law, Carol Ward, Florine Ward, Margie Ward and Mary Ward, all of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 5, at 2 p.m., at Welcome Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Ryals officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to lie in state until the funeral hour. All family and friends meet at the church by 1:30 p.m.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.