|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1988|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 2013|
Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, 24, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died April 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Zabul, Afghanistan with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
SSG Christopher Michael Ward, age 24, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chris was the son of Joyce Marie Scott Ward and Michael Howard Ward, who both survived him. He was born April 20, 1988 in Arcadia, Florida and attended Desoto High School until his sophomore year where he first became involved with ROTC. He moved to Oak Ridge with his mother and attended Oak Ridge High during his junior year and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He embraced the military life with enthusiasm. Even as a fresh recruit, he was viewed as a leader. Chris was proud to be an American and proud of his country. He often said he worked for the people of the United States and his service overseas was for the freedom of American people. Chris was very athletic and enjoyed all types of sports, including baseball, football, track and weight lifting. He also enjoyed playing the video game, World of Warfare.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Daniel W. and Erna L. Scott and paternal grandmother, Karen Sue Ward.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers, Matthew Ward of Oak Ridge and Travis Ward, a student at the Spartan College of Aerodynamics in Tulsa, OK; paternal grandfather, Howard L. Ward and wife Nancy of Arcadia, FL; uncles, Carl D. Sexton and wife Sandy of Wartburg and James Ward; aunts, Patricia Hicks and Ivory Sexton of Oak Ridge, Athena Mendez and husband Mario of Arcadia, FL and Michele Meyers and numerous cousins, extended family and his military family.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Weatherford Mortuary. A celebration of Chris' life will follow at 12pm where family and friends will have a chance to share their stories and memories of Chris. Full military honors will be provided. Following the services, the family will welcome friends to their home in Oak Ridge. In keeping with Chris' wishes, his body will be cremated.
The family asks that memorials be made to Stitched in Prayers, Trinity United Methodist Churchy, 201 Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430. Obituary information provided by Weatherford Mortuary.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: In keeping with Chris' wishes, his body will be cremated
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Apr 07, 2013
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