Jimmy Ward

MORRIS—Jimmy Ray Ward, 54, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2023 at his home in Morris, surrounded by family.
Born Nov. 6, 1968 in Joliet, Jimmy Ray was a son of Brenda (Don) Riley, of Morris and Fred (Oshia) Ward, of Tennessee. He was raised in Morris and Wilmington, and worked as a laborer throughout the years in construction and excavating. Remembered for his love of everything outdoors, Jimmy enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting for morels.
Survivors include his parents, four children: Natasha Ward, Steven Ward, Bailey Ward and Damon Ward (Gabby); seven grandchildren, one sister, Stacy Ward; step-sisters: Sue (Mark) Castanier, Laura (Bob) McCullough and Jennifer Riley; his uncle, Ron Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his brother, Brian Riley; aunt, Donna Jones and grandparents: Floyd and Josephine Jones and Pearley and Dovie Ward.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a Celebration of Life is being planned.
Jimmy will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jimmy’s memory to his family for their distribution.
Family and friends are encouraged to log onto www.BaskervilleFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Jimmy’s memorial page online through social media.
Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory.