Austin Riley Ward was a young man full of jokes and laughter. He was born on November 10, 2005. He was the sweetest curly red headed baby boy ever. He had the most drool as a baby and all smiles. He was the best baby boy and young man that we could ever ask for. He was quiet and gentle. He loved animals, he loved baseball, basketball, tennis, board games, the beach most of all and was The Master Video Gamer. His friends call him the GOAT because he had the kindest spirit and put others before himself. He included others and if he saw that someone needed a friend, he invited them to his table or group. He played electric guitar and ukulele. He enjoyed working out and lifting weights. He had a great sense of humor and shared his laughter with his best friends. His comrades, his brothers. He loved to hunt, fish, garden and anything in nature. He loved Jesus. He lit up the room with a joke and laughter. He had the kindest, sweetest, most gentle spirit. He used his manners and was polite, a gentleman. He also stood his ground and played rough. He loved Christmas. He was also the great debater. Anything that he was passionate about he would surely debate over it. He brought so much joy and happiness into our lives and home. He was the glue that held everyone together. Our world is crushed without him.
He is preceded in death by a grandfather, Wade Hampton Ward, and a grandmother, Martha Ann Owen.
We are so grateful for the 17 years that God blessed us with him. He leaves behind his parents, Eric and Wendy Ward, his sister, Savannah Ward, grandmothers, Beatrice Oliver and Louise Ward, aunts and uncles, Tammi (William) Sutton, Sherry Lambert, and Gary (Kay) Crews.
Rest easy sweet handsome boy, you will never be forgotten.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 13, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Sylvania.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 14, at 10:00am at the Screven Chapel of Joiner Anderson with Rev. Clint Sheppard and Rev. Dr. Charlie Cooper officiating.
Interment will follow at Harmony Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bill Sutton, Chandler Sutton, Andy Pitts, Gary Crews, Mickey Lambert, and Jack Oliver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Hector, Jayden Franklin, Hayden Thompson, and Daniel Frazier.
The family will also receive friends and food and fellowship at the home of Sherry Lambert at 745 Sandy Ridge Rd. following the committal.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
John 10:28 I will give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Austin Ward Memorial Fund, c/o Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank, 505 W. Ogeechee St., Sylvania, GA 30467.
Poole Funeral Home and Joiner Anderson Funeral Home Screven Chapel are in charge of all arrangements.