JAMESON GRIEVES THE PASSING OF A LONGTIME RESIDENT
Billie Joe Ward, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 15th at Cameron Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 25, 1931 in Coffey, Missouri the son of Paul Olen and Reetha (Vogel) Ward. Billie graduated from Coffey High School in 1949. He was baptized at the Coffey Christian Church and later transferred his membership to the Jameson Christian Church where he served as deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent. He was also a member of the Jameson Community Betterment Association.
On February 22, 1953 he was married to Beverly Baumgardner and they shared 63 years together. Billie Joe and Beverly purchased a farm in Jameson and farmed for over 58 years. They were recently honored for having farmland in Billie Joe's family for 100 years. To their union three children were born, Paula, Dix and Billie. Billie Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a pillar in our community and he will be sorely missed.