Ben L. Ward, 86, of Pioneer, passed away February 27, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Born July 21, 1930, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Flossie Newport Ward; first wife and mother of his children, Artie Chambers Ward; second wife, Shelma Lawson Byrd Ward; brothers, Bobby and Mike Ward; and sisters, June Ward and Rosalee Duncan

He enjoyed fishing, his farm animals, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his sister, Gladys Conatser of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted March 1, in the chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home-Huntsville with Bro Carlie Duncan and Bro. Randall Hutson officiating. Music was provided by Capital Hill Baptist Church Choir.  Graveside service was conducted March 2, at Baird Cemetery.

Arrangements by Four Oaks Funeral Home-Huntsville.