Cary News: Obituaries

Jessie L. Ward

Jessie L Ward, son of Willie Ward and Christine Ward died August 29, 2012. He was a devoted father, a grandfather, a loving husband and a deeply religious man. Jessie graduated from Talladega College with a degree in Economics and graduated from Texas Southern University with a MBA. Jessie accomplished many things during his lifetime - he was a deacon in his church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. Naval Officer, Commander of the American Legion Cary Post 67 from 2004-2006, Cary Councilman from 1997-2001 and a candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat in 2000. He was President of Forward Enterprises, a non-profit affordable housing consulting firm, President and Co-Founder of the Parents Coalition for Excellence, a support group for parents of African American students of Cary High School. He received the "Light of Hope: Fulfilling the Dream" award in 2000 from Wake County Public School System and the Cary Imp Award from Cary High School. Jessie is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sheila Ward, daughters Michele E Ward and sons Kwame and Kojo, Jessica L Ward Utley, husband Sedrick and daughters Layla and Lauren; his brothers Winston Ward, wife Velma, Anthony Ward, Harry Ward, wife Pat, Samuel Ward, John Ward, wife Catherine, Chris Ward, wife Monica, Jack Ward (deceased) and Gary Ward (deceased); his sisters Dorothy Hudson and husband Willie, Brenda Bentley, Patricia Ward, and Janet Dockery, husband Herb.

Jessie leaves behind four grandchildren who lovingly called him "Papa Jess"!

Memorial Service was held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00AM at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Allen Lewis Drive, Cary NC 27513.