Marlin Gammie Ward, age 66, of El Dorado, Arkansas let this earth and joined the Lord and his loving wife in Heaven on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on May 1, 1955 to the late Elder Lenal “E.L.” Ward and Mattie Moore-Ward.
Marlin was a proud graduate of the class of 1974 at Thornton High School in Thornton, Arkansas and later graduated Ouachita Baptist University in 1978. After college he became an educator in the Norphlet High School for over 30 years and always enjoyed seeing his past students around town. Marlin was a member at Westside Baptist Church in El Dorado. He never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting people and having a good meal. He also enjoyed playing the piano and keeping up with his family online and tracing back his family’s history and their genealogies.
Marlin is survived by his son, Brad Ward and Daughter in-law Wellons Ward of Dothan, Alabama, a granddaughter Zoey Grace Ward, a brother Mark Ward (Theresa), two sisters; Kay Livingston and Shirley Holmes, a nephew Jeremy Ward and host of cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 29 years Rebecca “Becky” Harrison Ward, his parents Elder Lenal “E.L.” Ward and Mattie Moore- Ward, his grandparents, O.G. Moore and Bill and Violet Gray and a sister Faye Henley.
The family would like to thank Courtyard Rehabilitation and Health in El Dorado for the excellent care of Marlin the past several months.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at Westside Baptist Church, 2400 West. Hillsboro Street, in El Dorado, AR 71730. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 2:00 P.M. and all are welcome to attend. Interment will follow the service at Bethel Methodist Cemetery in El Dorado.
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Marlin’s online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com