Walter Ward, 77, of Lenoir City, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at his home.

Walter was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he cherished his family. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was a member of the VFW. Walter was a retired iron worker and a former Pentecostal pastor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Leona Jacobs Ward; daughter, Valerie Newcomb; brothers, Hubert Ward, Dennis Ward, Michael Anthony Ward and Phillip Joe Ward; and sister, Florence Lee.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dottie Ward; children, Melinda Ward, Lisa Griffitt (Terry), Wendy Ward (Mark) and Nola Thomas (Randy Wilcox); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronnie Ward (Janet), Herbert Ward (Ann), Mark Ward, David Ward and Stevie Ward; sisters, Shelia Massey (Larry), Linda Bandy (Tony), Jeanetta James and Faye Jaynes; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend and beloved dog, Rusty.

The family received friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Click Funeral Home chapel with Herbert Ward, Mark Ward and Zack Ward officiating. A private interment was held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, 449 McCarn Circle, Sevierville, TN 37862.

Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com