Murrell Richard Ward, 91, of Rupert, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016, at Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV.
Born January 25, 1925, in Stone Cliff, WV, he was the son of Harless and Stella Ward.
Murrell was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was wounded in combat, receiving the Purple Heart and many other medals. He owner and operated Ward’s Exxon in Rupert for 37 years and retired in 1987. Murrell was a member of Big Clear Creek Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club, and Shriner’s Club. He loved to play golf, camping, fishing, and hunting with his nephew, Ronnie Ward. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Ward; one son, Michael Ward; one daughter, Karen Spencer; and one granddaughter, Ashley Parker.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Nelson Ward of Rupert; two sisters, Lucille Walker of Spring Dale, WV, and Evelyn Masci of Cleveland, OH; one daughter, Debbie Parker (Donald) of Lewisburg, WV; one son, Ronald Slonaker (Jean) of Kearneysville, WV; six grandchildren, April Byars (Adam) of Lewisburg, Lori Lincoln (Donald) of Spring Lake, NC, Robin Mullikin of Inwood, WV, and Michael Parker, Brittany Parker, and Kelly Parker, all of Lewisburg; and four great-grandchildren, Haley Byars, Natalie Byars, Kristen Mullikin, and Alexis Mullikin.
Services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle, WV, with the Revs. Youel Altizer and Glen Kuhn officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, WV.
Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday, March 21, from 6-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greenbrier Valley Children’s Home, 331 7th Street, Rupert, WV 25984.
Online condolences may be made to the family at wallaceandwallacefh.com.
Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the March 21, 2016, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.