Jesse Floyd Ward


Jesse Floyd Ward

Guy, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
Death 13 Apr 1974 (aged 79)
Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Mausoleum Crypt 8-B (D)
Memorial ID 41453408 View Source

Jesse Ward was the son of Phillip Floyd & Mary Catherine Ward. Jesse attended Rosenberg High School and graduated Valdictorian of his class in May of 1914. He became a school teacher and in 1924 was elected Superintendent of Ft. Bend County Schools. Later he served four terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He was first elected in 1944, and first served from 1945-49; then went back in 1954-55 and served four more years. Also, Jesse, in partnership with Julius Gubbels and Fred Kennelly opened the Rose Rich Shopping Center.

On August 12, 1917, Jesse married Eula F. Hopkins in Ft. Bend County, Texas. On March 2, 1918, they had a son who died the same day of his birth. He is buried near grandparents, P. F. & M. C. Ward in the Woodman of the World Cemetery in Rosenberg. Marker only states son of J. F. Ward. They later had a son named Thomas Floyd ("Tommy") Ward, who was born June 18, 1925 in Needville, Texas. Jesse & Eula divorced and he remarried years later to Olivia "Ollie" Wilson. Jesse lived in Rosenberg most of the time and Ollie lived in Austin, but the arrangement worked for them and they remained married the rest of their lives.

His nephew, F. E. Hubbell, remembered that his Uncle Jesse never held a golf club until he was in his 40's. At that time he was running the Fairview Cafe, filling station and tourist courts and was working so hard that the doctor suggested that he needed a hobby like golf. He laughed at the idea at first, but before it was over he was playing every day. He loved the game and played a good game even in his seventies. As he grew older he couldn't drive the ball very far, but it was always straight as an arrow. Uncle Jesse was greatly responsible for the beginning of the Fort Bend Country Club.

On April 13, 1974, Jesse Ward passed away at the Polly Ryon Hospital in Richmond, Texas. It had taken him some time to decide to be buried in Austin, because Fort Bend County was definitely his home and where his heart was. His wife Ollie finally convinced him to be buried next to her in Austin.

The following obituary was published in Herald Coaster on April 15, 1974:

"Jesse F. Ward"

Funeral services for Jesse F. Ward, 79, of Rosenberg will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Rosenberg with Rev. Alvis Coleman, Rev. T. Walter Moore, Rev. Dan R. Hubbell and Dr. Macklyn W. Hubbell officiating.

Entombment will be in the Memorial Hills Mausoleum in Austin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. He died Saturday at Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital.

Ward was a former county school superinendent and a former state representative in 1937.

Survivors include a son, Tom F. Ward of Damon; sister, Mrs. F. E. Hubbell of Rosenberg; two grandchildren, Catherine Ward of Austin and Thomas F. Ward of Pasadena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Haman Ward, Ira Cooke, Jr., R. J. Davis, Stanley Rudloff, Phil Ward and Milton Hooper. Honorary pallbearers include Frances Butler, Joe Denton, Luther Perkins, George Roane, Bob Bassett, Julius Gubbels, Bill Dungan, August Myers, Manford Williams, Perry Mueller, August Padon and J. F. "Dude" Callender.

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