George Douglas Ward – Democratic Herald

George Douglas Ward, 84, of Sherman, Texas, died on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. After several months of declining health, George returned to his Lord and Savior while reading his daily devotional. His devotional passage for the night covered Joshua 24:15 and was so apt as the message to send him home: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Because much like Joshua, George knew his days on earth were limited. He also felt that his life’s mission was over and had called his children home to share with them the word of the Lord and assure them of the availability of his soul.

George was born on the family farm on December 28, 1937, just outside of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, to his father, Irvin Ward, and mother, Rossie (Floyd) Ward. He and his twin, Dow, were the youngest of a large family that included 12 siblings. As a young man, George worked alongside his family on their family farm where he often plowed the fields with a mule and harvested the tobacco by hand. In 1955, at the age of 17, with the consent of his mother, he enlisted in the US Air Force. While serving the country he loved dearly, he not only completed the requirements for high school graduation, but became a radar technician on the rocket guidance systems found on F86 fighter jets. He was stationed at Perrin Air Force Base in Grayson County, Texas, an area that would become his home for the rest of his life. After separating from the Air Force in 1959, he joined the Civil Service Oklahoma Air National Guard where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. George would go on to work for 10 years in communications as a dispatcher for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was often seen fearlessly climbing the tower to troubleshoot issues with the surface antennas. After leaving DPS, he became a custom home builder and then an area realtor. He was owner/broker of Texoma Realty, Century 21 AAA Realty and AAA Realty.

He served as the Regional Director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 4 years. As Regional Manager, he was responsible for 7 counties. A tireless worker, he opened and managed AAA Autoglass until his retirement. From humble beginnings, George knew that hard work and education were essential. He earned an associate’s degree in psychology from Grayson County College and earned his sales and brokerage licenses from Real Estate Career College. George loved his family. His daughter Susan and her husband Eddy Bradshaw lived next door and cared for him over the years. Although they move frequently, his son Edward and his wife Cindy are also back in the Sherman area. Her daughter Jeanine and her husband Paul Wolf lived farther away and were grateful for her tech skills to stay in constant contact. Distance never diminished the love and pride he had for his children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. As George’s earthly family mourned his loss, those who came before him: his parents, all 12 siblings, his beloved wife Rhonda, his son-in-law Stephen and his grandson Roston were there for the Welcoming at home. George was loved by all who knew him.

He was a gifted storyteller, a cherished mentor, full of humor and wit, and a tireless and loyal friend. He loved his family more than anything on earth, and he honored each of his life’s successes and blessings to his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. George’s life was a life of service. It was his mission to share God’s words and blessings with as many people as possible. When he was physically able, you would often find him at West-Sherman Baptist Church fixing or mowing the lawn, or working for the charities and organizations he held dear. He volunteered for over 13,000 hours at the Bonham VA Hospital, collected and donated wheelchairs for the cancer center, and provided medical supplies to those in need. A visitation for George is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2022 at Waldo Funeral Home, 619 N Travis, Sherman, Texas from 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, October 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at West Sherman Baptist Church, 1830 West Washington St, Sherman Texas 75092. Interment with military honors will take place at West Hill Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Jakob Wolf, Trey Bradshaw, Zach Bushey, Stephen Ticknor, Ed Bradshaw and Bryan Beaver will serve as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.waldofuneralhome.com.

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