Johnnie Ward

Johnnie Mae Ward

Friday, October 4th, 1929 - Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
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Johnnie Mae Ward was born on Friday, October 4, 1929 in Mobile, Alabama to Alex and Maebelle Meriweather. She confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized. She later met and married Willie J. Ward.

Johnnie Mae was a Deaconess at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church She was also the first Black School Crossing Guard on the Eastside of Jacksonville and was a member of the Rosebud Ladies. Johnnie Mae loved children and enjoyed spending time with them. For many years, she was a Girl Scout Leader.

Johnnie Mae departed this life on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Lela Canthy.

She leaves to cherish her memories her children: devoted full-time caretaker, Iris L. Sykes and husband, Paul, Carol Simpson, Paulette Gamble, Paul Simpson, Cecil Simpson, and Maybelle Butler; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; a grand niece; a grand nephew; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service for Johnnie Mae Ward will be held 12:00 pm Friday, February 7th, 2020 at the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church 1880 Edgewood Ave West, Jacksonville, FL 32209. The visitation will be 4 - 6pm, Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at the Funerals by T.S. Warden 4315 North Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. Interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Funerals by T.S. Warden
    4315 North Main Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32206
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  • Service

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 12:00pm
    Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
    1880 Edgewood Ave W,
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  • Interment

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 2:30pm
    Jacksonville National Cemetery
    4083 Lannie Road
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CORYERA ARNOLD AND FAMILY sent flowers to the family of Johnnie Mae Ward.
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Lavern (Alton) Permenter

Posted at 05:01am
OUR Heartfelt condolences to Iris and Family (god-mama) 🤗😍😇🙏

Linda Spencer Washington

Posted at 10:44pm
To Maybell, Iris, Carol, Cecil, Paul and Paulette, all the family,
We share your sorrow in the loss of your dear Mother, Mrs. Johnnie Mae. She was our mother's (Viola Spencer) very close friend, club sister (Rosebuds) and church sister since we were toddlers. There were many times when she and the other Rosebud Ladies would meet at my home and oh the fun they had. They would laugh so loud and just had a good old time around the dining room table enjoying the repass after the meeting. I would often hear her praying during the devotion period. What a prayer warrior she was. She would go around the room and pray for every one that was present. I also loved to hear her sing one of her favorite songs "He's Sweet I Know". Thank you God for allowing me to know this great lady in my lifetime. We are praying for all of her loved ones during this difficult time.

Linda Spencer Washington and Melvenia Spencer Jordan

Alma Surrency

Posted at 06:09pm
Our deep condolences, love and prayers to the family of Sis. Johnnie Mae Ward. The Adams family will always remember her and her beautiful smile and encouraging words. Alma Adams Surrency & The Adams Family.


Posted at 04:31pm
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Brenda Jarrell Brown

Posted at 10:21am
Our Deepest Sympathy and prayers to the family. God Bless you all ❤ Glenn & Brenda Jarrell Brown

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